Class of 2004
Dear Class of 2004,
Well, spring is here, and we are coming up on our third year since graduating! WOW! I was thinking yesterday about how it felt so much longer than three years since leaving Gustavus. The first three years of Gustavus went much faster than the past three. Maybe that is because we had more time to nap, relax, and complete our work. What I would not give to go back to the following schedule: class, nap, lunch, class, nap, class, campus commitment, dinner, campus commitment, late night run to Mankato, Patty’s. But alas, now we have settled into our 9-5 jobs, trying at the end of the day to scrape up enough energy to act like we are in our mid-twenties!
Speaking of settling down, we are now in the period of our life where we are all committing ourselves to our significant others, and starting to make bigger purchases such as a house. My wife, Julie Menard Michael ’03 and I are closing on our first home next month! Making commitments like these makes us think about the awesome responsibilities we are undertaking and remember our more carefree days at Gustavus. I am sure that you, like me, think about Gustavus on a regular basis. It is because of that great institution that we are able to make educated, virtuous, and successful decisions in both our careers and personal lives.
It is always important to remember our great Gustavus family! Those professors, administrators, and friends who celebrate our success and challenge us every step of the way! We are Gusties, and shall always remain proud to be so!
2004 Co-Class Agent
Before we get to what everyone is up to, here are some things going on at Gustavus:
Alumni Awards Announced
The Alumni Association announces the following 2007 awards selected by the Alumni Board of Directors. Greater Gustavus Award – Given to those who, by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College:
- Russ and Jan (Ledin) Michaletz ’74 ’74
Distinguished Alumni Citations – Recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement
- Paul Peterson ’94, principal, St. Peter High School, Minnesota State High School Principal of the Year.
- Margaret Anderson Kelliher ’90, house speaker, Minnesota House of Representatives.
First Decade Awards – Recognizes early professional achievement
- Jennifer Pleuss Spande ’97, diplomat, Political and Economic Section, U.S. Embassy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
- Alexander Hill ’97, senior scientist, Medtronic, Inc.
The Greater Gustavus Award and Distinguished Alumni Citations will be presented at the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 26, and the First Decade Awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend, October 13.
Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus
The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau given prior to Phil’s death last April established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name. Lindau, a commodities trader and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater. The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.
Gustavus Choir Reunion to Celebrate 75 Years
Alumni and friends of the Gustavus Choir are welcome to attend a reunion on Saturday, May 5. The day will include an alumni choir rehearsal, a banquet for past and current members of the choir, and a full concert with both the alumni choir and the Gustavus Choir. For more information, contact the Office of Fine Arts Programs at 507/933-7013.
Celebrating 75 Years of Theatre at Gustavus
The Department of Theatre and Dance celebrates 75 years of theatre at Gustavus with a reunion on May 11 and 12. Highlights of the weekend will include an afternoon program sharing memories and monologs from the past 75 years and viewing the performance of The Tempest in Anderson Theatre. For more information and to register, go to the theatre reunion section of the Alumni website at <gustavus.edu/alumni> or call the Alumni Office at 800/487-8437.
Administrators from Gustavus Adolphus College joined representatives from Minnesota’s 17 private colleges and universities April 17 at the Capitol for Presidents’ and Parents’ Day to advocate for higher education funding.
The Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team participated in the 30th American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) April 6-9, earning a top 20 national ranking for the first time in school history.
Upcoming Alumni Events
- Celebrating 75 years of the Gustavus Choir - May 5
- Lindau Symposium – May 8
Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion - May 11-12
- Class of 1962 - 45th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
- Class of 1957 - 50th Anniversary Reunion – May 25 & 26
- 50 Year Club Reunion – May 26
Here is what is going on with our fellow classmates:
- Jodi Parks and Robert Bang got married in Hawaii on July 12, 2006! Congratulations!
- Travis Christensen married Tricia Kiecker on November 18, 2006! Congratulations!
- Megan Barta is the new first grade teacher at Hartley Elementary School.
- Julia Gleeman joined JLG Architects last summer for an internship, and is a teaching associate at the University of Minnesota!
- Michelle Kroenke and Chris TeBrake were married on October 21, 2006. Michelle is working for the American Cancer Society, and Chris is employed by Target Corporation.
- Brenda Westerbur married Jonathan Gill last July 9th in Christ Chapel at Gustavus! Congratulations!
- Emily Sharpsteen and Jason Osnes were married on June 11, 2006 at Nicollet Island Park in Minneapolis! Congratulations!
- Shannon Martin and Robert Handler got engaged! Shannon graduated in 2006 from the University of Iowa, and is working at the University Hospital in Iowa City. Robert is working on his doctorate in environmental engineering at the University of Iowa.
- Jennifer Skalko and Jerod Klava got married on August 12, 2006! Jennifer is employed by Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, and Jerod is attending dental school at the University of Minnesota.
- Beth Wheatley is a new rural physician associate program medical student at the Paynesville Area Health Care System.
- Jennifer Kilby and Paul Wojahn ’03 were married on October 20, 2006 in Eagan, Minnesota! Congratulations!
- Kelly Van Norman Stauff is a special education teacher for district 917 in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.
- Robin Stennes is a 9th grade English and theater teacher at Lake Jr. High in Woodbury, Minnesota.
- Matthew Fitzthum is working for CSC in Minneapolis as a sales broker.
- Christian Quie is working for Cargill Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska.
- Kayla Thorson Jones is employed by I&S Engineers and Architects Inc. as an administrative assistant in Mankato.
- Maggie Stolp is getting her master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s University.
- Katharine Kellin is attending Regis University in Denver, CO for nursing.
- David Viljaste is working for Loffler Companies as an account executive. He is also engaged to Anne Michaletz ’05; they are planning a wedding for May! Congratulations!
- Sarah Goodwin is a registered nurse at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minnesota.
- Jesse Meyen is a 6th grade teacher for the St. Peter School District in St. Peter, Minnesota.
- Josh Williams is now working as a marketing/communications manager for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Minneapolis.
While this letter serves to keep everyone informed with what is going on with the class of 2004, it is also an appeal to each member of our class to donate money to the Gustavus Fund. It is important that each current student, along with all those that we hope will choose to become Gusties will have the same experiences that we did. It is important that Gustavus maintain its academic rigor, its ability to provide exceptional programs, and to allow students to feel as though they can grow on a safe and clean campus. Giving any donation helps to keep Gustavus strong, and competitive!
Guthrie, Amanda, Marnie, and Josh
2004 Class Agents