Class of 2003/February 2011

Class of 2003

February 2011

Hello Gustavus Class of 2003!

I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the New Year and is enjoying 2011.

Picture of British black lab puppy

This past year has been pretty quiet for Dan and me−but our biggest news is bringing home our new puppy, Rio!  She’s a British black lab and as of mid-January, she’s 12 weeks-old and so sweet−and certainly keeping us busy.  We start puppy class tonight.   I continue working at Public Affairs Company in Minneapolis doing political issue advocacy, grassroots organizing and consulting and travel quite a bit in the Midwest and to Washington, DC for clients.

This fall my dear friend and classmate, Becca Smith, married Tom Darrow.  Elizabeth Danks JoPicture of Becca Smith and seven Gustie friends at her weddinghnson and I were bridesmaids and we celebrated with a ton of Gusties on a picture-perfect day in September at Como Lake in St. Paul.  The fun wedding party bus even made a stop to their favorite establishment, the Blue Door Pub.  Becca started a new position with Open Systems International (OSI) in Plymouth this August.  She’s also training for the 2011 MS 150 with fellow Gustie, Britta Johnson Bergland ’04.

Another good friend, Elizabeth Danks Johnson, was married earlier this spring in a beautiful ceremony in Mexico.  We were able to celebrate for a week on the beach with a bunch of friends, including Kelli Swanson Matzek, Sara Kilby Wright, Britta Bergland ’04 and Jill Peterson Johnson ʼ99.  Elizabeth has since moved to Fort Worth, TX, where she’s able to tele-commute for her job at Securian to be with her husband, Cal, who’s at Lockheed Martin.  She visits Minnesota often and we hope someday will move back.  Kelli has been a city planner for the City of Lake Elmo for over four years, and now has two sons – Henry (2) and Charlie (1).  Patrick ʼ05 and Sara (Kilby) Wright had baby, Andrew Griffin, on July 25, little brother to Audrey (almost 2).

Other new mothers include Kara Haroldson Pryde who is due with number four in early February and lives in Rockford, MN with her husband Dan.  Emily Johnson Mamun’s little girl, Lyla Mavis Mamun, turned two at the end of January.  Emily and husband, Masud, took Lyla on a vacation to Florida in December−long road trip with a toddler−brave parents!  They had a blast.

Many of us in the class of 2003 are celebrating a big birthday (cheers to the big 3-0) and Gustavus is preparing for a big birthday as well.  We hope to see you on campus the weekend of September 30 – October 1, 2011 for Homecoming and the kickoff to the Gustavus Sesquicentennial Kickoff (Gustavus turns 150 in 2012)!  Gustavus would appreciate your support at anytime (birthday celebration or not).  To support current and future students, please visit

Lastly, Audra Mueller and I are the class agents, and we’re hoping a few others reading this are interested in helping us out−writing a class letter sometime, or helping with the reunion party, etc.  Please email us at if interested in helping with a small role or to at least continue talking about it.


Leslie (Wilcox) Rosedahl

2003 Class Agent

Class News

Now for the fun news about classmates.  If you’re not listed and/or have updates on what you’ve been doing lately, please send us an email.  You can contact both of the class agents and the Alumni Office by emailing:!

Cool Jobs

Maggie Suby is now an optometrist at Sanford.

Elizabeth Jensen works for accounts payable at Wendy’s Four Crown.

Morgan Barkus graduated in October 2010 with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy.  She’s still living in Minneapolis.

Lindsay Larson Abraham travelled to Manila, Philippines for a total of 12 weeks in 2010 to train new employees at the new Manila office of Thomson Reuters Legal.

Those Who Are Continuing Their Education

Erin Elling Peterson, RN, MAN, ANP-GNP (Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner), will be graduating in May from St. Catherine University’s Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program.  She has continued to work part time at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, in the Medical/Surgical/Neurological ICU.

Ambryn Melius is a graduate student in the dance/movement therapy and counseling program at Columbia College in Chicago.  In 2009, she gained her yoga teaching certification at the Samarya Center for Integrated Movement Therapy in Seattle, WA.

Future Gusties

Linda (Reuter) Tripp ʼ02 and Jon Tripp welcomed son, Devon, born 6/7/10.

Elizabeth was born last year to Jamie and Sue (Halverson) Wagner, who reside in Alexandria, MN.

Nick and Anna (Felkey) Lovas welcome Jacob Russell Lovas, born September 8, 2010.

Samuel and Megan (Trapp) Henschen had a son, Owen Trapp Henschen, on October 4, 2010.

Katie (Schweer) Weckwerth and husband, Shane Weckwerth, had a baby girl, Brenyce Evelyn Weckwerth, on 2/13/2010.

New (And A Few Late Posting) Marriages

Megan Wahlund to Jeremy Blaschko, October 16, 2010

Kristen Fichtner was married to Nathan Hellwig on June 12, 2010 in Mankato

Katie Ackert Schroeder married Jeremy Schroeder (whom she met through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps) and resides in Chicago.  She received her master’s in public policy and administration from Northwestern University.

Dr. Caroline Maria Brost married Shawn Sailer.  They are both chiropractors.

Campus News

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir finished their tour of Italy in January.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, traveled and sang at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students learned about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.

Sesquicentennial Award

In 2011–2012, Gustavus will celebrate its 150th academic year.  The Board of Trustees has established an award in honor of this Sesquicentennial anniversary to recognize individuals who have made a significant difference in the life of the College.  The award, called “The Sesquicentennial Award,” will acknowledge and pay tribute to living alumni, parents, friends, and retired faculty and staff who:

  • Through actions in their personal or professional lives, have advanced the status of Gustavus as a premier liberal arts college;
  • Have set a new precedent in the ways they supported and advanced the mission of the College as an institution dedicated to preparing students “for fulfilling lives of leadership and service in society”; and/or
  • Have brought particular dignity or honor to the College.

Please submit nominations online at .  For more information about the Sesquicentennial Awards, visit .

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  New in January was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The speaker for February will be Tom Crady, vice president for enrollment management.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, March 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

Boston – March 2 – Henrietta’s Table

New York – March 4 – The Birdland Jazz Club

Washington, DC – March 5 – Council of Advancement Support of Education headquarters

Jacksonville, FL – March 26

Orlando – March 28

Tampa – March 29

Naples – March 30

Chicago – April 2

Athletics Update

Two Gustavus coaches celebrated milestone victories in January.  Women’s hockey coach Mike Carroll pick up his 250th career win against St. Ben’s on Jan. 22.  On Jan. 29, women’s basketball coach Mickey Haller earned her 200th win.  The Gustie women beat Concordia Moorhead 59–53.  Congratulations to both coaches!