Class of 2002
Spring 2004


In the spirit of just completing a spring letter to send to friends and family (it originally began with the best of intentions as a Christmas letter, became a "winter theme letter" and recently was transformed into a "happy spring" letter), I thought it was time to complete another rendition of our class letter.  This letter actually began back in January, but we all see how that's turned out…

It is a lovely time in Washington.  Everything is green and flowers are in bloom.  I've heard that there have been several nice days in Minnesota, too, mixed with snow flurries here and there.  A typical Midwest March I guess.  The year is flying by already…hard to believe the first day of spring was last weekend.

I recently spoke to a few classmates, as it is that time of year when the Alumni Office is updating everyone's information, whereabouts, and asking for donations to the Gustavus Fund.  (On a side note, know that you will be contacted in the next month or so for your latest information.  Please also consider a donation to the Gustavus Fund if you have not already done so this year.)  I have a few things to report "from the field," so to speak.

Anna Coulsey Wildgrube wanted to place a classified ad of sorts in this letter.  She's "looking for a nice miniature ass that is not very vocal.  It will have a good home with a good name."  Anna has a hobby farm of sorts in the Fairbault area with several animals already, but needs just one more.  Let her know if you have any leads.

Julia Mahin has moved from Minnesota to Wisconsin.  The most frequently asked question she gets is:  "Have you become a Packers fan?"  To this, Julia replies:  "Never!"

Be sure to check out what is happening on campus and other upcoming Gustavus Events.  There is a listing of these at the end of this letter.

I realize that whenever the latest Gustavus Quarterly arrives in our mailbox, many of us instantly flip to the section in the back that highlights what everyone is up to.  I am guessing the same is true for our class letter so, without further ado, I give you a great number of updates from our classmates.  Enjoy!

I hope this letter finds each of you well.  I also hope that you enjoy a blessed Easter season!


Katherine Medbery Oleson

2002 Co-class Agent

Here's what's happening in terms of employment news:

  • Abby Ludvigson is working as a special education teacher in Minnetonka Public Schools.
  • Courtney Grant is teaching first grade in the Shakopee School District.  On another note, she also recently purchased her first home.
  • Laura Hanson Spanier is a child/family counselor at Woodland Centers in addition to attending St. Cloud State University for her Master's in special education.
  • Rachel Willson-Broyles is a registrar at Luther-Midelfort Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.
  • Courtney Walker is working at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
  • Eric Mueller is a membership assistant at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
  • Steve Stauff is an account manager at Rimage Corporation.
  • Julie Christenson is a mental health practitioner at Fraser Child & Family Center.
  • Anne Nelson is working at Methodist Hospital as an RN in the ob/labor and delivery unit.
  • Annie Oakes is working for Minnesota Friends of the Orphans as an administrative assistant.
  • Joshua Cook has been substitute teaching in the Benson area for this school year.
  • Julie Stein is a paralegal for Stein & Moore, P.A. and lives in St. Paul.
  • Nick Taintor works for CHS Inc. in the staff auditor/internal audit division.
  • Brian Hobson is a music teacher at Hinkley Elementary.
  • Mike Metzger is a financial planner for the American Express Financial Advisors.
  • Trevor Johnson is in sales at REI.
  • Mary Moua has gone to Seoul, South Korea, to teach English for a year.
  • Kristina Campbell is residing in Huntington Beach, CA (beautiful place I must add!!!) as an adult oncology RN at Hoag Hospital located in Newport Beach.
  • Andie Coates moved to Arcata, CA, and works for a program called College Knowledge as an advisor and tutors kids ranging in ages from elementary to high school.
  • Angela Drews Youngerberg is an adult mental health case manager at LeSueur County Department of Human Services.
  • Julie Quello works for St. Paul Area Council of Churches.
  • Perry Howes is a Title I math teacher for St. Paul Public Schools at Arlington High School.
  • Kate Linde Westland is an RN in the birthing center/neonatal unit at Methodist Hospital.
  • Brian Westland is a buyer for Target Corporation.
  • Melissa (Mellema) Johnson is an RN at Fairview Southdale.
  • Bryan Peterson is a network coordinator at POPP Telecom in Golden Valley, MN.
  • Sara Sertich Trembath is in promotion marketing at General Mills.
  • Travis Trembath is a business analyst at Target Corporation.
  • Erin Kommerstad is an independent sales representative for Aflac.  She also has been coaching gymnastics at the Lakeville Booster Club with Gusties Molly Nemes '01 and Tara Makowskyj '00.
  • Brooke Bemmels is teaching kindergarten a second year at New Spirit School in St. Paul, MN.  I'm amazed the patience and special gifts it must take to work with little 5 year olds!  Are you keeping up with them, Brooke?!
  • Michelle Zaske Koren is a middle school science teacher in District 196.
  • Jessica Newman is an RN on a cardiac/telemetry unit at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
  • Marcus Schmidt is a night trader for Wells Fargo.
  • Candice Luitjens is currently working for Anoka Hennepin ISD #11 as a site leader for Adventures Plus.  She currently resides in Coon Rapids.
  • Eric Bell is a private piano instructor at Schmitt Music in Roseville and is a lead chess instructor at several schools through NPO, West Metro Chess.
  • Monica Cook works as a school age child care specialist at the Community and Family Resource Center in Lafayette, IN.
  • Kristin Johnson is a product coordinator for children's softlines with Target Corporation.
  • Tracy Vicory works at ARC Ecumenical Retreat Center.
  • Meghan Harney is an operations technologist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
  • Jennifer Kelly is living in Sweden and Barcelona (once in awhile) while working part-time for Telemedicin in Stockholm/Barcelona as an administrative assistant, while pursing careers in theatre and photography.
  • Sara Heroff is teaching kindergarten in District 622.  Whew…lots of energy necessary!
  • Ruth Robinson is a childcare worker at Harbor Shelter & Counseling Center in Burnsville, MN.
  • Misti Koop is teaching grades 5-12 band in Le Center, MN.
  • Leah Nelson is a second grade teacher at West Wood Elementary in Prior Lake, MN.

School is now back in full swing for the spring or winter session for many, including:

  • Britta Olson Lindberg is in the master of arts in teaching program at Hamline University.
  • Rachel Turzynski is in her last year in the University of Minnesota medical technology program.
  • Dylan Blumentritt is a graduate student in geology at the University of Minnesota.
  • Andrew Ohrt is a student in the environmental engineering program at the University of Minnesota.  Andrew is also a research scientist for the United States Geological Survey.
  • Tina Sheetz is in her second year at the University of Minnesota Veterinary School.
  • Chris Huizinga is continuing his role as a lifetime student at Luther Seminary in the youth and family ministry program.
  • Kristin Donley is at the University of Minnesota in the doctor of physical therapy program.
  • Ellie Roscher is a student at Luther Seminary for her master's in theology/urban ministry.
  • Jon Dale is at the University of Arizona in the department of anthropology.
  • Phil Royer is in an army program of physical therapy with Baylor University in San Antonio, TX.
  • Pierce Harrington is working on his Master's degree in physical education (DAP) adaptive physical education at the University of Minnesota.
  • Sarah Watson is in the pharmacy program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.
  • Brian Bergstrom is majoring in athletic administration at St. Cloud State.  He also is a football graduate assistant.
  • Annalisa Eckman is at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Are you ready to be done with classes and out in rotations, Anna?
  • Betsy Kumagai-Metzger is a student at William Mitchell College of Law; husband Mike Metzger is a financial planner for American Express.
  • Sarah Moe is a graduate student in counseling/student personnel at Minnesota State University – Mankato and is a graduate assistant as a hearings officer.
  • Ben Rudolf is a student at the University of Minnesota Law School.
  • Joshua Rinas is in his first year of a master's of divinity program at Yale University Divinity School.
  • Sarah Bjornson is attending City University in London as a graduate student in arts and cultural management.
  • Kevin Chun (completed two years at Gustavus) is currently a transportation design major at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

Weddings…congratulations to each of you and may your lives together be full of blessings!

  • Sara Sertich and Travis Trembath were married on July 26, 2003.
  • Kjirsten Holmquist and Douglas Everling '01 were married October 11, 2003.
  • Sarah James and David Rice were married September 20, 2003.
  • Nate Ziemer and Corrie Opperman were recently married.
  • Betsy Kumagai and Mike Metzger were married on August 9, 2003.  Congratulations!
  • Katie Linde and Brian Westland were married May 17, 2003, at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie, MN.  They currently reside in Shakopee.
  • Marie Desaulniers and Paul Miller were married on June 29, 2003, at Christ Chapel.  They currently live in Philadelphia while Paul is attending The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
  • Jared Vinar and Joey Schmitz were married September 5 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Fairbault.
  • Michelle Zaske and Kyle Koren '01 were married on July 12, 2003.
  • Brea Ekstrand and Andrew Shea were married on October 18, 2003.
  • Sarah Jorgenson and Ben Hallberg '99 were married in October of 2002 and live in Grand Marais, MN.
  • Annie Holland and Matthew Jessop were married on September 13, 2003.  Annie coordinates the St. Peter Adventure School Age Care program for the St. Peter School District.  Matt is a youth minister for St. Joseph and Sacred Heart catholic parishes in Owatonna.  They live in Owatonna with their yellow lab, Lucy.
  • Sara Hultgren and Seth Jacobson '01 were married on September 13, 2003 at Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea.  Sara is an account operations specialist at General Mills.
  • Lance Staples and Stephanie Larsen '03 were married on June 21, 2003, in Christ Chapel.  Lance is a computer programmer at Imagetrend, Inc., in Lakeville.

The birth of babies…what an exciting time.  Congratulations on your new little ones!

  • Leigh Kunelius gave birth to Andrew James Kunelius on April 20, 2003.  Little Andrew is nearing a year old already.
  • Travis Nygard and Benvenuto Cellini welcomed Agnolo Cosimo Mariano into the world on November 17, 2003.
  • Jaime (Quam) Winchell and Aaron Winchell announce the birth of their daughter, Jaci Mae Winchell, born September 22, 2003.

Building a Greater Gustavus Reaches Target

Gustavus celebrates reaching the $100 million target for the Building a Greater Gustavus capital campaign.  The campaign includes reconstruction projects following the 1998 tornados, the creation of the Center for Vocational Reflection, growth of the Christ Chapel Endowment, the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center, the Curtis and Arleen Carlson International Center, the Barbro Osher Svenska Huset (Swedish House), the new soccer and track complex, and more than 100 new scholarships.  Efforts continue to raise funds for campaign projects, such as Old Main renovation, Gustavus Alumni Fund, and further endowment growth.  Special thanks! goes to the volunteers and donors who contributed their resources to assist current and future Gusties. 

New Gustavus Video

Have you been to campus lately?  Can you remember your first time seeing Gustavus? The Admission Office has created a new video/DVD for prospective students to take a look at the College. Take a look online if you wish at <>.

Fine Arts

The Gustavus Symphonic Orchestra took a 16-day concert tour to China performing in such places as Beijing, the Great Wall, and Tianjin.  The Gustavus Choir took a 10-day concert tour to selected cities in North Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, and Minnesota and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, formerly the Gustavus Band, also toured during Spring Break.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is among leaders in Academic All-Americans.  The College Sports Information Directors of America have recently released a list of institutions with the highest number of Academic All-Americans over the past three years. Gustavus ranks 14th out of all programs competing at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, and NAIA levels.

Extraordinary People

Peter Krause '87 returned to Gustavus in November to meet and conduct workshops with students.  Krause has been nominated for Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards for his role as Nate Fisher in the critically and commercially acclaimed HBO drama, "Six Feet Under."  With the hope that the day would focus more on the students than on his newfound fame, Krause spent the afternoon doing acting work with classes and theatre and dance majors.

Great Teaching

In case you missed the note in the Fall 2003 issue of the Gustavus Quarterly, we are asking alumni to send in short reminiscences, tributes, and anecdotes about professors who made a difference in their education -"the teachers and mentors who have made a lasting impression, who have imparted life lessons, whom you remember for their wit, or their mastery, or their encouragement, or their exacting standards . . . or their idiosyncrasies." We are planning to focus an upcoming issue of the Quarterly on "great teaching" and would like to hear from those who experienced the classes of those great professors.  Send your paragraphs and stories to either Randall Stuckey '83, director of alumni relations (, or Steve Waldhauser '70 (, managing editor of the Quarterly, or in the mail to the College.

Upcoming Chapter Events

  • Atlanta, Georgia, Gustavus gathering - February 26
  • Tampa Bay, Florida, Gustavus gathering - February 27
  • Naples, Florida, Gustavus gathering - February 28
  • Vero Beach, Florida, Gustavus gathering - February 29
  • Sun City, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 19
  • Phoenix, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 20
  • Tucson, Arizona, Gustavus gathering - March 21