Class of 2004
November 2008

Dear class of 2004,

Five years ago at this time we were preparing for job hunts, applying to graduate schools, and closing the Gustavus chapter of our lives.  In our busy lives it becomes hard to keep in touch with classmates.  Class reunions are a great opportunity to get people together, catch up, and, even for a brief moment, feel like we are back in college.  I try to get back to Gustavus for as many Homecomings as I can, but this past year I had the opportunity to attend my wife, Julie’s (Menard ’03), five-year reunion.  As I enjoyed a root beer float, I couldn’t help but realize that my five year reunion was right around the corner.

On the weekend of October 9-10, 2009 it will be our turn to celebrate our five-year reunion.  It is a great opportunity to forget what is going on in our professional lives, and instead worry about getting a new Gustavus sweatshirt from the Bookmark, watching the football game in the new stadium, eating lunch in the café, and enjoying a night at Patrick’s!  As we look at our lives today, it is important to remember the people, the events, and the institution that got us where we are today.

We would love to see everyone participate in the class giving this year―Gustavus doesn’t expect tons of money from us―just our participation in the annual fund which shows our support of the college and helps with receiving grants and donations from other corporations and foundations, not to mention the influence it has on the college ranking in the US News and World Report.  Let’s show our love to our alma mater by participating with a $5 or $10 gift this year in honor of our five-year reunion!  There’s a reunion giving card included to do so when you are able.  Your name will appear in our class donor listing if you make your gift by May 31, 2009.



  • Tricia Richter Merkins is employed at Hillyard in customer service.
  • David Viljaste is employed as sales manager for Loffler Companies, Inc.  His wife, Anne (Michaletz ’05) is a public relations account executive for Olson Advertising.
  • Molly McIntyre Mjolsness is an enrollment counselor at Capella University.
  • Maggie Stolp Weideman is a 5th grade teacher in the Hopkins School District.
  • Erica Olson Schaps is a math teacher in the Moundsview School District.
  • Kate Johansen is the editor-in-chief of the William Mitchell Law Review.
  • Jon Bruemmer is a senior claims representative at Farmers Insurance Group.  His wife, Jamie (Regenscheid ’04) is the center director for Kindercare Learning Center in Savage.
  • Stefanie Briggs is the new Burnsville community editor for the Sun Current – Lakeville edition.
  • Karen Gennrich Lewis is an account coordinator at the Young America Cooperation.  She is also a private music instructor at Chaska School of Music.
  • Noah Johnson is employed by St. John’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
  • Sarah Jorgenson Magnuson is employed as a dentist at Winsted Gentle Dental.
  • Matt Seamon is an athletic trainer for the Alaska Aces Hockey Team.
  • Chris Thompson is the director of residence halls at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
  • Nicole Meyer is the Life Stage One coordinator at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
  • Sarah Volk is a nurse at Methodist Hospital.
  • Jill Johnson Hansen is a high school teacher in the Lake Superior School District.
  • Nate Smith started a company called Property Claims Solutions.
  • Nardos Sium works with Accenture – talent management for financial services.
  • Ben Tarnowski is an attorney with Robert Half Legal.
  • Elizabeth Rowley is dedicated to working with the Peace Corps for the next two years.
  • Andy Johnson is a compliance analyst with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Brian Buffie is working as general council with Ann Buffie & Associates.
  • Kristi Beck Wahlman is a senior accountant with Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Company, P.L.L.P.

Marriages and Family:

  • David Viljaste married Anne Michaletz ’05 on May 19, 2007.
  • Maggie Stolp married Jeff Weideman on June 6, 2008.
  • David Schaps married Erica Olson on June 28, 2008.
  • Karen Gennrich married John Lewis, Jr. on April 5, 2008.
  • Sara Halle married James Laughlin on June 7, 2008.
  • Noah Johnson married Abby Pershke on June 14, 2008.
  • Molly McIntyre married Eric Mjolsness on May 17, 2008.
  • Michele Simmonds Jabs and Paul Jabs ’02 welcomed a baby boy, Benjamin Michael, on November 26, 2007.
  • Robin Stennes married Richard Bartell ’01 on October 6, 2007.
  • Candice (Cosens) Sikel and Rodney Sikel welcomed a baby boy, Grant James, on April 2, 2008.
  • Jill Johnson married Brice Hansen on August 25, 2007.
  • Adam and Gina Hennen welcomed a baby boy, Logan Thomas, on March 15, 2007.

Graduate Studies:

  • Sarah Hanson is studying religion at the University of Chicago.
  • Darcie Thomsen earned a master’s of social work in April of 2008 from the University of Michigan.
  • Megan Kaiser Barta earned a master’s of arts in curriculum and instruction (K-12) through the University of Saint Thomas in May of 2008.
  • Noah Johnson is attending Luther Seminary in Saint Paul.
  • Katherine Sandvig Ohrt earned a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction in May 2008 from the College of Saint Catherine.
  • Jon Farnsworth graduated with honors from the University of Saint Thomas in May 2008 with a law (JD) and business (MBA) degree.
  • Sarah Jorgenson Magnuson earned her DDS degree from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in May 2008.
  • Ben Tarnowski graduated from Saint Thomas Law School last spring.
  • Liz Anderson completed a doctorate of physical therapy from the College of Saint Catherine in May 2007.
  • Arun Vig will complete a MBA in financial studies in September 2008 from Nottingham University Business School in the United Kingdom.

Happy Holidays!  We hope that you are all doing well!!


Guthrie Michael

(along with Josh Williams, Amanda Frie, and Marnie Nelson)

2004 Co-class Agents


Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Various inaugural events were held over a four-day period.  On Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 the celebration was capped-off with an Oktoberfest; a buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  December’s presenter will be Steve Kjellgren ’86, director of dining services.  Here are the details:  Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100).  Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.  Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Need medical insurance?

Are you between jobs?  Self-employed?  Not covered by an employer health plan?  If you need health insurance you can find the right coverage for yourself and your family through the alumni association.  Whether you need temporary or permanent coverage, please visit to learn more about the range of coverage options available.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – Joyeux Noel – December 5-7
  • St. Lucia Day – December 11
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Kjellgren ’86 — Dec. 17