Class of 2003
October 2005

Dear Classmates,

While inviting and facilitating Alumni Fund gifts from classmates this summer (inviting and facilitating, not harassing), someone asked me why I love Gustavus so much.  My only response was “Because they pay me to.”  Although that didn’t help the success of my invitation, it did get a laugh.  It was all part of a plan, though.  As many of you may know, I was employed as assistant director of the Gustavus Fund.  I retired on July 27 and went back to school, this time for business school at the University of Minnesota.  But I’m still a 2003 Class Agent and according to my plan, my credibility as a fundraiser should go up now that I’m not on the Gustavus payroll.  The way I figured it, I would become the greatest Class Agent of all time…a fundraiser without peers.  But as has happened to so many other aspiring volunteers, life gets in the way.

July 6, my wife, Heidi Sands Gusenius, was diagnosed with leukemia.  After a round of chemotherapy and a month-long recovery in the hospital she got to come home.  Since then she has been through two more rounds of chemo and will probably do two more.  That’s the three-sentence version of her story.  You can read more about her experience at  Back to me and my “fundraiser without peers” aspirations.  Here it is October and I still haven’t invited a gift as a true volunteer.  Sure I’ve dropped a hint or two about the wonders of online monthly giving (, but I still have yet to make an official ask.  Don’t assume that my aspirations died with that paycheck, though.  The fiscal year doesn’t end until May 31, 2006.  Besides, now I have a better answer to the question, “Why do you love Gustavus so much?”  Because since the day that Heidi was diagnosed we have received so many wonderful Gustie calls, e-mails, and visits.  Those contacts have given both of us comfort and hope, along with affirmation that our time at Gustavus was not only about four years, student loans, and a diploma; it was about a lifelong network of friends, classmates, alumni, professors, and mentors who will always be there for us.  And for that we are truly thankful.

Enough about us. Here is what the rest of our class is up to:

  • Andrew Walter is studying law at Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.
  • Kinsey Nelson is at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  So is Becca Anderson!
  • Kendall Baumgartner is a staff nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center.
  • Anndi Daleske is doing an internship as a set designer with the Mount Vernon Players in Washington, DC.
  • Kristie Campana was married to Jeffrey Ford ’02 on August 6, 2005.
  • Kelly Nelson is a space analyst at Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • Mik Gusenius takes up space at the Carlson School of Management.
  • Beth Kasid is a fraud data analyst for US Bank.
  • Dana (Langer) Kohlbeck is corporate events director for the American Heart Association in Green Bay, WI.
  • Katie Pelleymounter is in the Master of Arts program for counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas.
  • Katie Bradley is a transportation specialist at US Bank.
  • Phill Stewart is learning how to be a PA in PA.  That’s funny.  He’s at Chatham College in Pittsburgh in the physician assistant studies program.
  • Adam Nelson is teaching 6th grade social studies at Hastings Middle School in Hastings, MN.
  • Beth Worley is a paralegal with Best & Flanagan in Minneapolis.
  • Ria Lindor is an assistant project manager at MedNet Solutions, Inc.
  • Sarah Handahl got married to Lucas Ahlberg ’04 on August 13, 2005 and will complete her master’s in biomedical engineering in December.  She will then continue school, pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.
  • Sara Kilby was married to Patrick Wright ’05 on May 20, 2005.
  • Bethany Nass was married to David Olsen on June 18, 2005.
  • Courtney Kuehn is an associate specialist in interactive marketing planning at Target Corporation.
  • Bill Kunze and Katherine Pavelek Kunze were married on May 14, 2005.  Bill is now working as a programmer analyst at Securian Financial Group in St. Paul.
  • Nick Brase just finished up a year-long internship in London with the United Bank of Switzerland.
  • Nate Brase is a senior operations analyst with J.P. Morgan Chase in New York.
  • Anna Dove Toth and her husband, Patrick, have a daughter, Katelyn, born March 15, 2004.
  • Kelli Swanson graduated from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute where she studied urban planning.
  • Jane Loosbrock graduated from Winona State University in May.  She received her B.A. in secondary education life science.
  • Katherine Nolan teaches kindergarten in Minnetonka and got married to Andrew Nelson ’04 on July 2, 2005.
  • Hans Sviggum is in his third year of medical school at Mayo Medical School in Rochester.  He also wishes he was still playing basketball for the Gusties!
  • Lauren Swanstrom is pursuing a master’s in intercultural studies and TESOL at Wheaton College.
  • Jill Sink graduated with a master’s of science in cognitive neuropsychology from University College London in England.  She also stalks Mik on the Twin Cities bus system.
  • Jamie Lind was married to Clint MacFarlane on June 4, 2005.  (See photo at the end of this letter.)  Jamie is working at her family’s resort on Lake Superior, Castle Haven Cabins, and will be taking it over in the next few years.  She is also an independent kitchen consultant for The Pampered Chef.
  • Kathy Batalden graduated with a master’s in geography from the University of Colorado and is employed at the African Community Center in Denver.
  • Becca Boesen is working at Family and Children’s Service in Minneapolis and as an administrative assistant and substitute teacher for the Robbinsdale Area School District.

And some news from Gustavus:

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum were implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Evelyn Sponberg Young, one of Gustavus' best ambassadors of goodwill, hospitality and spirit, and friend of many, many Gusties through the years, died at her home on September 29, at the age of 93.  Evelyn graduated from Gustavus in 1933 and taught English in several schools in southern Minnesota.  She returned to campus in 1949 as director of the College's dining service, serving the College 32 years until her retirement in 1981.  A memorial service will be held at Gustavus Adolphus College, Thursday, December 8, 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in the Evelyn Young Dining Room.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; soccer; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; and Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Jay Rooker ’85 and Mary Mansour ’85, softball, have also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel ― December 2-4
  • St. Lucia Day ― December 8
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27

We want your news and updates.  Send them to me at or any of the Class Agents (Jenny Lingle Beer, Jade Bakke Rowland, and Leslie Wilcox) or all of us:  Take care and go Gusties!

Mik Gusenius

2003 Co-class Agent



Pictured left to right:  Elsie Getter, Becca Anderson, Jamie Lind MacFarlane, Marni Gehrking, Laura Hickson, Jane Loosbrock, Beth Kasid, and Dawn Carlson.  Everyone pictured in the photo lived together at “The Rock” our senior year and were “reunited” at Jamie Lind MacFarlane’s wedding in Two Harbors, MN.