Class of 2003
April 2006

Hello fellow 2003 Gustie grads!

Greetings from Denver, Colorado!  Joe and I moved out here in January, when Joe started a job as a geologist with EnCana Oil and Gas.  We bought a house on the edge of Denver city limits, and in-between working (Joe) and looking for work (me), we’ve been busy painting and updating our new abode.  We’re enjoying our new location, including several trips to the mountains for skiing and snowshoeing.  We even met an ’82 Gustie grad on the chairlift at Winter Park last weekend.

Since moving to Denver, I’ve been trying to learn Spanish (my German doesn’t come in too handy with the large Hispanic population out here), but my progress has been minimal.  Aaron Crowell has had much more success with the language by immersing himself in it—this past winter he’s been traveling in Guatemala and visiting his uncle’s new jungle lodge in Belize.  I’m sure he’s able to say more than “The blue van is ugly,” which is about as far as I’ve gotten.  Amanda Peterson learned to speak Danish last summer, and now she’ll be returning to Minnesota this summer after three years in grad school in Madison.  I personally have given up on language learning and have decided to visit one of my roommates, Sowmya Gandham, in English-speaking Australia during her spring break from medical school in Sydney.  Nick Arth has a pretty good handle on Spanish, but what he’s really been working on recently is the language of love.  He had a date last week, so it appears he’s been successful.  Greg Rischmiller seems to be pretty fluent in the language of success—he recently bought a condo in Eden Prairie.  Speaking of success, Pittsburgh will be adding Arshad Bachelani to its list of successful icons.  He’s moving to Pittsburgh later this summer for surgical residency.

As you know, the purpose of these class letters is to hear news of our classmates (there’s much more news below!) and stay in touch with Gustavus.  Part of staying in touch with the college is giving, and I’d like to encourage you all give a gift to Gustavus before the end of the fiscal year, May 31.  Alumni participation is extremely important to dear old GAC, which is why the amount you give really isn’t important, but the number of our classmates who give definitely is.  This year 13.8% of our class has participated in giving so far, which is currently the highest participation rate in the most recent decade of graduates by .1%.  Our total dollar amount is $3913.50, which is almost an $800 increase from last year.  You can help the class of 2003 keep this leading edge by using the enclosed gift envelope or going to to send a gift online.  For those of you who have already given, thank you very much!  The list of the donors for this year is below the class news.

I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to the summer as much as I am.  If you have any news you’d like included in the next class letter or the Quarterly, you can update your information at Gustavus’ website, or send an email to us class agents at  We’d love to hear from you!

Take care,

Jenny Lingle Beer

2003 Co-class Agent

2003 Class News—in no particular order whatsoever:

  • Rebecca Smith is working at Perkins+Will in Minneapolis as a marketing coordinator.
  • Thomas Ramy is the co-owner of Aliant Financial Services of Minnesota and is living in Shakopee, MN.
  • Kristen Swanson Hauge will graduate from Saint Mary’s University in May with a master’s of education in teaching and learning.
  • Aaron Crowell has applied to several graduate theology programs and is anxiously awaiting their reply before deciding whether he will live in Seattle or the Twin Cities for the next few years.  This summer he will be leading teenagers on backpacking trips for Christikon, a Lutheran wilderness camp.  And you can check out the website for his uncle’s jungle lodge in Belize at
  • Greg Nix is an investigator/case worker for the Arizona Department of Children’s Welfare and is living in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • Nicki Shay completed her master’s in clinical psychology in December at the University of Iowa and is continuing to work on her Ph.D.
  • Amanda Smith is an accounts payable specialist at Cross Telecom in Eden Prairie, MN.
  • Meredith Godfrey was married to Bob St. Pierre on October 8, 2005.  Meredith is the corporate communications coordinator for the Science Museum of Minnesota.
  • Ryan Trippe was married to Kristen Appelgren ’06 on August 20, 2005, and they are living in Mankato, MN.
  • Jade Bakke Rowland is a recruiter for the University of Minnesota-Rochester and an independent consultant for Pampered Chef.
  • Sowmya Gandham completed her master’s of public health degree at the University of Sydney, Australia in November 2005, and started medical school there in February 2006.
  • Allison Doppelhammer is attending the Colorado University Law School and lives in Boulder, CO.
  • Jason Opsal is an elementary physical education teacher in the Conejo Unified School District in Thousand Oaks, CA.  He is living in Simi Valley, CA.
  • Robin Moore is coaching fast pitch softball at St. Olaf and girls’ hockey in Edina, MN.
  • Molly Dedolph married Adam Moseley on August 13, 2005.  Molly is working for Job Dig as a marketing and media manager.
  • Kali Ofstehage is the program manager for the Health Fitness Corporation at 3M.
  • Molly McKay finished her master’s degree in healthcare administration at the University of Minnesota and is now working as the operations and business manager of perioperative services at Fairview Ridges Hospital.  She is getting married in October, 2006.
  • Kari Vickerman Taintor started her MBA at the University of St. Thomas in January 2006.  She is an account operations specialist at General Mills.
  • Joanie Preiner is a 4th grade teacher in Bloomington, MN.
  • Jen Moses is working on her masters in human resources at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
  • Andy Hamp is attending the Medical College of Wisconsin and living in Wauwatosa, WI.
  • Rob Jeppson has a long-term substitute position at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, MN as a physical education and health education teacher.  He is also coaching freshmen football, girls’ basketball, and freshmen baseball.  He is getting his coaching minor from Hamline University.
  • Erika Royer is an account manager for Financial Concepts and is living in Hopkins, MN.
  • Kimberly Jacobson is a reporter for Ranger Review and is living in Anacortes, WA.
  • Stephen Braatz is working for Invision Lending and is living in St. Paul, MN.
  • Jenny Westmeyer is an administrator for the Art History Department at the University of Minnesota.
  • Elizabeth Grant is project coordinator for the engineering department at Novaspect.  She recently bought a condo in Eden Prairie, and had her first independent art show in December in Eden Prairie, MN.
  • Hans Sviggum is in his third year of medical school at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN.
  • Anna Battisti married Jason Arnebeck on August 19, 2005.
  • Beth Eisenmenger is currently employed as a Senior Business Analyst at Marshall Field's.  On June 24, 2006 she will marry Josh Omang, who just finished his masters degree in education from the University of St. Mary's.  He is currently employed as a teacher and coach in the Chaska school district.

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  

  • Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  

  • Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul;
  • Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and
  • Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  

  • Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and
  • Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Short Term Medical (STM) insurance Available

Short Term Medical Insurance can fill the temporary needs of those without health insurance, usually at a lower cost than other alternatives.  Alumni and their families may apply.  This is perfect for children of alumni who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  Contact the program administrator at Meyer and Associates at:  800-635-7801 or about this and other sponsored life, medical, auto and homeowners insurance.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)

Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate.  Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood.  This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level.  This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute.  Come out to help make the community a little better.  To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to

MAYDAY! Peace Conference:  "AIDS + Africa, the Unfolding Crisis"

The 26th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 19.  This year's topic is AIDS in Africa.  The conference will feature a keynote address by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the HIV virus, and Marjorie Mbilinyi, social activist and professor in Tanzania.  The AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on campus for viewing.  Robert Gallo is spending time on campus during March and April sponsored by the Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Distinguished Professorship, a residency program for Nobel Laureates and similarly distinguished scholars.  For more information, go to

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event check-list, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS – April 19
  • Rydell Distinguished Professorship lecture by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of HIV virus, professor and director of the Institute of Human Virology – April 20
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting, keynote address, "Discipleship in Today's World:  Religion and Ecology," by Larry Rasmussen – April 22
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8


Fiscal Year 2006 Donors (as of 3.31):


  • Titilope G. Adeniyi-Cole
  • Sarah Handahl Ahlberg
  • Aaron Allar
  • Christine Anderson
  • Jordan Anderson
  • Becca Anderson
  • Troy Anderson
  • Bradley Arndt
  • Nicholas Arth
  • Megan Backer
  • Anna Battisti
  • Stephanie Flinn Beckmann
  • Jenny Lingle Beer
  • Joe Beer
  • Dave J. Bernhardson
  • Anne Beschnett
  • John Birkland
  • Carla Bishop
  • Valerie Bukstein Boller
  • Andrew Bornhorst
  • Nick Brase
  • Brian Campbell
  • Jamie Timmers Campbell
  • Lindsey Christensen
  • Julie Coleman
  • Brian Collins
  • Lane Cowger
  • Chad Custer
  • Christina Diller
  • Alison Doppelhammer
  • Dirk Erickson
  • Rhiannon Fermoyle
  • Carlee Fox
  • Elizabeth Grant
  • Andrew Groebner
  • Rachel Gruber
  • Heidi Sands Gusenius
  • Mikkel Gusenius
  • Allison Hawley
  • Thomas Hilden
  • Craig N. Horak
  • Alicia Jacobs
  • Rob Jeppson
  • Chris Kimmel
  • Katherine Pavelek Kunze
  • Bill Kunze
  • Meghan O’Neil Lerch
  • Zach Linde
  • Nadine Lysiak
  • Luke Magnuson
  • Rob Mark
  • Ambryn Melius
  • Virginia Miatech
  • Michael Miller
  • Jennifer Moses
  • Audra Mueller
  • Amanda Murphy
  • Adam R. Nelson
  • Stephanie Nelson
  • Nicholas Novak
  • Joanna Olson
  • Josh Omang
  • Liliana L. Payne
  • Kristen Peterson
  • Jared Phillips
  • Gretchen Pierson
  • Nicole Polanco
  • Amanda Reiser
  • Jade Bakke Rowland
  • Erika M. Royer
  • Jacob Sand
  • Nicki Shay
  • Amanda Smith
  • Aeleah Soine
  • Meredith Godfrey St. Pierre
  • Scott Stephens
  • Hans Sviggum
  • Lane Swansson
  • Nicholas Teigland
  • Anna Dove Toth
  • Kristin vanWyngeeren
  • Matthew Wallace
  • Jerry Washington
  • Ryan Watkins
  • Leslie A. Wilcox
  • Michael Will
  • Jennifer F. Wood
  • Sara Kilby Wright
  • Katie Carver Zabel
  • Zach Zimmer

The following wedding pictures were sent to the Alumni Office. 





The photo on the left was taken at the wedding of Jamie Lind and Clint MacFarlane on 6/4/05.  From left to right:  Elise Getter, Becca Anderson, Jamie (Lind) MacFarlane (the bride), Marni Gehrking, Laura Hickson, Jane Loosbrock, Beth Kasid, Dawn Carlson.

The photo on the right was taken at Sigrid Gustafson and Olle Pettersson’s wedding on 7/9/05.  From left to right, Gusties gathered in Sweden, Helene Sjogren (’01 exchange student), Julia Gustafson ’07, Sigrid Gustafson Pettersson (the bride), Cynthia Zotalis Gustafson ’77, Kathy Batalden and Rachel Batalen ’05