Class of 2011
10-Year Reunion

May 2011

Reunion Dates- September 30-October 1, 2011

Dear Classmates,

We are now about five months away from our 10-year Class Reunion.  Ten years ago this month we walked across the stage on the (no longer existent) football field, shook President Steuer’s hand, and completed our college careers (assuming you paid your library fees in order to get your diploma).  On that May afternoon in 2001 we were also about 22 years old, in a world where Facebook didn’t exist, looking for jobs in a good economy, had more hair than Chaplain Johnson, and were leaving with much less educational debt than Gusties that will graduate at the end of this month.

Some of us have not returned to campus in those ten years; others live in and around the St. Peter area and visit Gustavus frequently.

Some have been employed for ten years with one organization; others have had multiple career changes, spent time volunteering, stopped work to start families and/or picked up additional degrees since graduating from Gustavus.

Some of us have paid off our loans; others are still counting down the remaining payments.

How have things changed at Gustavus campus in the last 10 years?  David Kogler and I looked into that question and have devised an “informative” video for you that has been placed on the Gustavus Class of 2001 Facebook page.   (For those of you on Facebook that haven’t joined the GAC ’01 group, please join!)  Also, you can find the video on YouTube at:  Don’t be a toll, don’t be a hater; please leave only positive comments in the comment section.  ;)

I also wanted to share a little bit about the reunion planning process.  We hope that you are able to join us for any and all of the events that are listed.  I would like to give my thanks to Lana Elsenpeter Matzek, David Kogler, Charlie Potts, and Ed Rudberg for assisting in the planning process.  Also, an additional thank you to David Kogler for creating and sending out the magnets we all received in the mail last month listing the fall 2011 reunion events.

Friday, September 30

5:00 p.m. – Reunion Reception at Gustavus

6:30 p.m. – Sesquicentennial Kick-off at Gustavus

With the crossover of the 150th anniversary of Gustavus, the Friday evening events on campus are for Gusties of all class years.  Typically we might have an event in the Twin Cities on Friday evening, but this is a unique opportunity to be part of an important milestone in the college’s history.  This will probably be the biggest free party at Gustavus you will ever be invited to (unless you plan on attending the 200th anniversary, when you are about 82 years old, sometime in the Fall of 2051).

Saturday, October 1

12:00 p.m. – Class Luncheon – Gustavus Arboretum

Once again, similar to our five-year reunion, we claimed The Arb as our gathering place for the class reunion on campus.  We thought it would be a good place that is easy to find, great parking, and has open space to play for any little ones that you bring with.  There will be a moderately priced picnic for you and your family or guests to enjoy.  We thought at this point in our lives that we would go with something that may not be extravagant (sorry, no caviar) in order to make it reasonable for a family to participate.  Other activities (Fun Run, Football Game, Tour of New Academic Building) will be available to all classes; more information on those as we get closer to the Homecoming weekend.

7:30 p.m. – Class Gathering at Stella’s Fish Café in Uptown

Since a large number of our classmates live in the Twin Cities area, this event was designed to have an opportunity to socialize in the evening in an accessible location.  The price for the event will include light appetizers and drinks (again, trying to be easy on the cost in these tough economic times; but be sure to tip your babysitter).  Previous Gustavus reunion groups have used Stella’s and found it a great place for mingling.  Our class will be one of three classes in attendance that evening (each will have a different space in the café).

We hope that you are able to attend one of more of these events.  I will be attending all of them, and I’m not just saying that because I will be flying in from Seattle and have nothing else to do that weekend…

Enjoy the video!

Go Gusties!

Hal DeLaRosby

2001 Class Agent


New Additions to the Family

Kate Grayston was born to Derek and Molly (Grisham) Altorfer on November 24, 2010.

Kaien James was born to Jeremy Carlson and Heather Carlson on March 17, 2011.

Evy was born to Jason and Jill (Chaffee) Erdman on December 1, 2010.

Lydia Marie was born to Tim and Virginia (Fagerberg) Hennighausen on December 25, 2010.

Evan was born to Matthew and Jennifer (Koopman) Miller on December 7, 2010.

Elija Douglas and Viola Mara were born to Jorma and Melinda (Siedschlag) Moore on December 15, 2010.

Benjamin Paul was born to Kyle and Erin (Bonitz) Riess on July 29, 2010.

Bennett John was born to Bill and Katie (Becker) Sherck on Feb. 18, 2011.

Alex Darel was born to Scott and Megan (Shorma) Arnold on May 23, 2010.

Career Moves

Amy Berger is working as a committee administrator for the Minnesota Senate.

Kelly Bangstad Wilz is an assistant professor of communication/theater arts at University of Wisconsin, Marshfield/Wood County.  She recently published “Rehumanization through Reflective Oscillation in Jarhead,” in the winter edition of the journal Rhetoric and Public Affairs.

Educational Endeavors

Dave Savage was recently selected as a 2011 Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Rita Schmitt graduated with a master of arts in nursing – adult and geriatric nurse practitioner from St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul in May 2010.  Rita is currently working as a nephrology nurse practitioner at the Minneapolis VA.


Share your updates

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!  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