Class of 2004
November 2007

Dear Classmates:

Change.  Inevitably, change is something each of us has experienced―and for some of us, numerous times―since graduation in 2004.  Some of the changes have been for better:  change of the city you call home, change of marital status, change of occupation; and some of it for worse:  leaving the place you’ve called home and friends who have become your family... you get the picture.  Marnie, Josh, Guthrie and I were at Gustavus a couple months ago for Class Agents’ Day and got the update on all of the changes going on at Gustavus.  Old Main has been renovated/ remodeled.  Southwest Hall opened in the fall of 2005.  The Golden Gusties won their first game in the beautiful new football stadium against Willamette on September 8th.  A new Johnson Center for Environmental Innovation will be built in the coming years.

Luckily, each of us has a skill set to deal with the changes that come our way.  Gustavus played a role in preparing us for the lives we are leading.  To show my appreciation to Gustavus, I donate money and I encourage all of you to do the same.  I know that with all the changes I’ve been through in the past few months, one of the things that have remained steadfast is my belief that Gustavus prepared me for whatever comes my way.  I hope that you feel the same and choose to invest in a place that invested in you while you were a student and continues to do so now that you are an alumnus.

REUNION:  Hard to believe but we are in the early stages of planning our five-year reunion!  We are looking for many people to be involved with what promises to be an unforgettable weekend.  The dates of the reunion are October 16-17, 2009.  If you are interested in helping, please let me know at  More details to follow…

Amanda Frie

2004 Co-class Agent

A word from Gustavus:

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

Retreat about Live Purpose – November 10, 2007

The Linnaeus Arboretum is teaming up with the Center for Vocational Reflection to offer a workshop entitled:  Living on Purpose:  Seeds, Seasons, and the Undivided Life―A Workshop/Retreat to Explore Your Calling.  This workshop will allow you to “examine the roots, blossoms, and seeds” of your life.  For more information including registration materials, visit or call Shirley Mellema (507-933- 6181).

New football stadium

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus will induct the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame: Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, November 21

Winter sports coaches – Jon Carlson ’88 (men’s and women’s swimming & diving), Mark Hanson ’83 (men’s basketball), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey)

Wednesday, December  19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $2 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection. If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • November 3                 Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet
  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus

And, finally: what our classmates have been up to:


  • Text Box:  Betsy Anderson and Charlie Anderson on July 7, 2007
  • Angela Janda and Aaron Goldstein on April 4, 2007
  • Garrett Kolpin and Amanda Peterson ’03 on September 8, 2007
  • Andrea Kleven and Dan Croaston on May 12, 2007
  • Claire Mielke and Bryant Rogness on May 5, 2007
  • Katie Swenson and Rob Mark ’03 on August 17, 2007
  • David Viljaste and Annie Michaletz ’05 on May 19, 2007
  • Rachel Swanson and Joel Walgenbach on August 4, 2007

This cute photo was sent in by classmate, Becky Popa and her

 husband, Cory Ryan, who were married on August 6, 2005.

(We apologize for the lateness in getting it published).


  • Callen Scott to Dan and Andrea (Kleven) Croaston, May 11, 2006


  • Brian Beckmann has his master’s in public policy from The George Washington University
  • Corinne Carlson is working on her master’s in psychology at St. Cloud State University
  • Lindsay Hadtrath graduated from William Mitchell College of Law
  • Hillary Harms graduated from Hamline Law School in May
  • Sonja Jatko is an English teacher in the St. Michael School District
  • Kirsten Kaufmann is at the University of Minnesota, working on a master’s degree to become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
  • Liz Murray graduated from Kansas State in December with her master’s
  • Sara Schewe Kalis graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in May
  • Luke Twedt is in pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota
  • Katy Berquam Vrieze is studying molecular and cellular biology at the University of Iowa
  • Kathlyn Wells is a student at Southern Illinois University


  • Denise Volk Carey is a customer service representative at State Farm Insurance
  • Jodi Clark is a human resources generalist at Homeshield
  • John Cook is the band director at Ogilvie School District
  • Julie Lorentz Cook teaches math at Milaca High School
  • Andrea Kleven Croaston is a banker at US Bank
  • Gillian Dawson finished a degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in library and information science and is working at Orange County Public Library in Orange, VA;
  • Katie Deschneau is a production supervisor at Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
  • Amanda Frie is working for US Congressman, Tim Walz, in Mankato
  • Kelli Gardner is a 3rd grade teacher in the Sibley East District
  • Melissa Haley earned a master’s in school psychology from University of Wisconsin, Stout and is a school psychologist in the Mankato Public School District
  • Sara Halle is working for the State of Iowa as a judicial law clerk
  • Aanna Letnes Johannes is working at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as an RN
  • Amy Krochalk is in the Navy
  • Michael Lang is an assistant sales leader at Schawk Inc.
  • Sarah Lippert LaRowe is a staff coordinator at the University of Chicago, Lab Schools and pursuing a degree from the Lutheran School of Theology
  • Becca Levine is an assistant scientist at the University of Minnesota
  • Jesse Meyen is a 7th grade math teacher in Beverly Hills, CA
  • Marnie Nelson is teaching middle school Spanish at Wayzata West Middle School
  • Ryan Paulson is working in the Northfield School District
  • Bryant Rogness is working at Rogness Construction