Class of 2003
October 2004

Hello Class of 2003!

It's time once again for you to hear about what all those people you used to hang out with down in St. Peter have been doing in the last few months.

Greetings from Duluth!  Joe and I are living up here in the Northland, where summer didn't really start until July, and today winter officially arrived with the first flakes of snow.  These days Joe and I can both be found roaming the halls of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where Joe is a geology grad student and I work in the School of Fine Arts.

There aren't too many Gusties to be found here in Duluth (except for new geology grad student Ryan Erickson ’02), so we usually have to convince some to travel up from the cities.  Chris Vaubel took a break from listening to MPR on his tractor for a visit to the Lake Superior Zoo and a little polar bear PDA.  Lisa Rischmiller was along for that trip, and even returned to spend an entire weekend making three jars of applesauce.  Nick Arth, when not wooing women in the cities with Paul Rohde and Adam Smith, enjoys the alpine slide at Lutsen.  Greg Rischmiller is just dying to come up here and drive on the windiest highway in the state with his new car.  And if Aaron Crowell weren't out with the Lutheran Volunteer Corp saving lives from radioactive waste in Washington, we'd be heading to his house in Duluth for a sauna.  Joe Malkovich wishes he was back in Minnesota, since two weeks after he went out to Washington to live near the base of Mount St. Helens, it became volcanically active…

Every once in awhile Joe and I travel to visit some Gusties ourselves.  In July we went to see Amanda Peterson and Eric Nordberg in Madison, WI, and enjoyed Amanda's extensive wine collection. In September there was a mini Gustie reunion at Kirsten Hall and John Juhl's ’02 wedding in Grand Forks, ND.  Congratulations Kirsten!  We missed Kate Elliott in Neenah, WI, but she's been busy volunteering for the Kerry campaign.  Joe and I are still saving up for a trip to see Sowmya Gandham in Australia, who is anxiously waiting for a package to arrive that I sent in July.

There's lots more news about our classmates below, but first a word from Mik back at Gustavus…

Greetings from Gustavus!  On behalf of current and future Gusties, a big thank-you to everyone that made their annual gift to the College last year.  There were 133 members of the Gustavus Class of 2003 that made a gift to the College during the 2003-2004 fiscal year (June 1-May 31).  That's the most donors for a first-year class in quite some time!  Way to go!  But it's a new year here at Gustavus, and so far 30 members of our class have made a gift (listed below).  For those of you who haven't yet had the opportunity, please make a gift to the best of your financial ability—this may be $5 or it may be $500.  Whatever the case, know that every gift counts and every gift is appreciated.  “Why?” you ask.  “Because,” I say, “corporations and foundations look at the alumni giving percentage of dear old GAC, regardless of gift size, and use that when making decisions on where to send their charitable donations.  If alumni are supporting their alma mater, others are inspired to do the same (and usually in a big way).”

Class of 2003 Honor Roll of Donors (June 2004 - October 2004)

  • Aaron Allar
  • Jordan Anderson
  • Brad Arndt
  • Anna Battisti
  • Anne Beschnett
  • Andy Bornhorst
  • Brian Campbell
  • Bobby Dennis
  • Seth Finck
  • Mik Gusenius
  • Heidi Sands Gusenius
  • Julie Langenfeld
  • Jamie Lind
  • Nadine Lysiak
  • Mike Miller
  • Adam Moseley
  • Jen Moses
  • Audra Mueller
  • Mark Napier
  • Ben Novak
  • Jared Phillips
  • Anna Pouliot
  • Erika Royer
  • Jake Sand
  • Tom Scott
  • Ben Spilspeth
  • Keith Thomas
  • Ryan Watkins
  • Leslie Wilcox
  • Zach Zimmer

Back to Jenny…

Now for the classmate info you've been waiting all summer to hear.  If you're not listed and/or have updates on what you've been doing lately, please email one of the class agents (see addresses below) or contact the Alumni Office at Gustavus (  We'd love to hear what you've been up to!

  • Contrary to belief, Sarah Keiser is not married and didn't adopt twins.  Rather, she is living in Minneapolis and studying to be a nurse at St. Kate's.  We apologize to Sarah for the Quarterly misprint and wish her the best.
  • Carly Toomey-Snowdon is a customer service agent for Frontier Airlines and is living in Eagan.
  • Adam Long is director of Adventure and Outdoor Education at the Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN.
  • Eric Peterson was married to Mary Witzel ’04 on July 24, 2004 in the Chapel.
  • Andrea Arnold is a graduate student at Hamline University, working towards her master’s of arts in teaching/ESL.
  • Stephanie Flinn was married to Brian Beckmann ’04 on July 17, 2004 in the Chapel.
  • Matt Xiong is a grad student at Concordia University, working towards his master degree in organizational management.
  • Matt Hennek is a grad student at the University of Alabama, working in inorganic chemistry.
  • Annie Johnson and Nathan Selander were married on 8/14/04.
  • Mik Gusenius and Heidi Sands were married on 8/20/04.
  • Mike Koolen is a grad student in meteorology at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
  • Julie Menard is teaching 6th-8th grade English at St. John's Lutheran School in Chaska.
  • Justin Hanson and Lindsey Price were married on 8/14/04.
  • Mike Fritz and Ann Swails were married on July 31, 2004 and now live in Burnsville.
  • Spencer Seamans is attending law school at the University of Minnesota.
  • Sarah Nerland and Timothy Sparks were married on 8/14/04 and now live in Shakopee.
  • Courtney Kuehn is an account service intern with Gabriel deGrood Bendt.
  • Kristen O'Connell is an editor for West Publishing and lives in Prior Lake.
  • Rhiannon Fermoyle is attending law school at the University of Minnesota.
  • Andrew Bornhorst is an information technology auditor with Deloitte in Atlanta, GA.
  • Maggie Chambers is working with the Twin Cities area Habitat for Humanity through AmeriCorps.
  • Nathan Annis and Jaime Haugen were married on April 17, 2004.  They now live in Ashland, VA.
  • Brian Collins is in the doctorate program in physics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Beth Kasid is an underwriting technician for American Hardware Insurance Company in Minnetonka.  She is living in Burnsville.
  • Sigrid Gustafson is a Blue Cross Blue Shield customer service representative in Helena, MT.
  • Braden Grams was married to Aaltje Baumgart ’04 on June 19, 2004.  Braden is working towards his master of arts in the humanities at the University of Chicago.
  • Maisee Ly is engaged to Jerry Vang ’04.  They are planning an October wedding.
  • Bethany Mueller is the assistant program director at Nativity House, a daytime center for the homeless in Tacoma, WA.
  • Nadine Lysiak is working towards a master’s in marine biology at Boston University, studying North Atlantic Whales in Woods Hole, MA.
  • Jane Loosbrock is pursuing a secondary education-life science degree at Winona State.
  • Megan Trapp is a merchandise coordinator for Marshall Fields.
  • Kelly Rogers and Andrew Meyer were married on June 12, 2004.  Kelly is attending pharmacy school at the University of Colorado-Denver and Andy is working toward a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
  • Sarah Handahl and Lucas Ahlberg ’04 are engaged to be married in August of 2005.
  • Leslie Carlson is a paralegal for Lowden, Tentinger & Associates and is living in Saint Louis Park, MN.
  • Danielle Cole was married to Jeff Burnett on July 24, 2004.
  • Michelle Welshons Traetow is teaching 1st grade in Fairmont, MN and Andy Traetow is teaching 6th grade in Jackson, MN.
  • Anne Daleske is a graduate student in set design at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.
  • Elise Getter is a law student at William Mitchell College of Law.
  • Betsy Thompson is working for Rust Consulting and lives in Minneapolis.
  • Jesse Brekke is an assistant branch manager for US Bank.
  • Mary Panzer and Josh Gallus were married on April 3, 2004.  Mary is teaching 8th grade at Central Middle School in Eden Prairie.
  • Megan Zinter and Christian Petersen were married on January 3, 2004 and are living in Maple Grove.
  • Rob Mark is pursuing a Ph.D. in electrial engineering at the University of Minnesota.
  • Jesse Pearson is an environmental engineer at the U.S. Army Reserve/Fort Snelling.
  • Nikki Lavin is a nurse at Gillette Children's Specialty Health Care in St. Paul.
  • Morgan Barkas is a teacher at the Children's Home Society of Minnesota (Whittier branch) childcare center.  She also works part-time as a “youth advocate” for Youth Link.
  • Emily Gill is teaching 11th and 12th grade Musica Media in the Anoka-Hennepin school district.
  • Carson English is a social services information systems network technician for the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services.
  • Amanda Smith is studying to be a veterinary technician at Argosy University in Eagan.
  • Jill Sink is working towards her master’s in cognitive neuropsychology at University College, London.
  • Beth Worley is program assistant at Martin Luther Manor Adult Day Center in Bloomington.
  • Becca Smith is sales/customer support coordinator for Waymar Industries in Burnsville. 

Want more news?  Go to and check out the alumni page.  Also, remember to email one of your class agents if you have any news to share or need to update your contact information.  If you're ever in Duluth, let me know!

Take care,

Jenny Lingle Beer

2003 Co-class Agent

2003 Class Agents: 

Leslie Wilcox:

Jade Bakke:

Mik Gusenius:

Jenny Lingle Beer:


P. S.  The Alumni Office will add some campus news here:

143rd Academic Year Begins

Classes began Sept. 8 with 657 first-year Gustavus students and 2,500 in all.  Long-standing orientation traditions such as the Square Dance and President’s Banquet have been joined by newer traditions like Gustie Greeter Orientation Groups and the Reading in Common program.  These newer programs were created to provide a more meaningful transition and to encourage students to meet others outside their residence hall.

Nobel Conference, The Science of Aging

The 40th Anniversary of the Nobel Conference was on the Science of Aging.  The campus hosted over 6,000 guests October 5-6 to learn about the research molecular biologist are conducting on longevity, Alzheimer’s, and delaying debilitating disease and how this impacts life expectancy, the economy, and the health-care system.

New Residence Hall

Work crews have been busy this summer and fall constructing a new residence hall on campus.  The goal is to have the building enclosed before winter.  The building, located southwest of the football field, will house 200 students in suites and apartments and is scheduled to open for fall 2005.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, realtor, and much more?  Make it a Gustie!  The Gustie Pages is an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to be your customers.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has chosen eight individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2004 inductees include Lori Allen ’88 (golf), Jim Chalin ’76 (basketball), Bruce Edwards ’77 (ice hockey), Barb Jaeger ’88 (soccer), Dean Kraus ’89 (football), Pachi Lopez ’71 (soccer), Greg Peterson ’88 (golf), and Gary Reinholtz (long-time athletic trainer, benefactor).  This group was honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which was Saturday, October 16.

Extraordinary Place

Gustavus is once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings.  Gustavus is one of five Minnesota colleges in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges for overall quality (Carleton, Macalester, St. Olaf, Gustavus, St. John’s).  The ranking groups schools into categories based on a national educational classification that includes national liberal arts colleges, national doctoral universities (University of Minnesota, St. Thomas), regional master's degree-granting universities (Hamline, St. Catherine’s, Bethel, Augsburg), and comprehensive regional colleges (Concordia-St Paul).

Upcoming Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Seasons of Promise” – December 3-5
  • St. Lucia Festival – December 9
  • Class of 1954 and 50 Year Club Reunion – May 27-28
  • Class Reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 – October 7-9, 2005