Class of 2005
October 2005

Dear Class of 2005:

Greetings from the beautiful lakes area of Alexandria, MN!  I hope this letter finds most of you with a new career that is letting you use the knowledge you gained while at Gustavus.  Well, a few weeks ago I began to reminisce how I had moved to Gustavus on Labor Day, but how this year would be different, since I would be returning to my real estate office and not Gustavus.  As many of you know, I graduated from Gustavus in December and moved to Alexandria to begin a career in real estate.  Since then I have been working with a wide variety of people in order to find them the “perfect property!”  I also have had the opportunity to become involved with many organizations in the area that range from SERTOMA (Service to Mankind), to teaching 7th grade confirmation, to becoming the new chairperson of the Women’s golf league at the Alexandria Golf Course, and also serve as Co-Chairperson for the Holiday Ball.  So, needless to say even though I do not spend my time going to class or studying anymore, I am continually busy and continually learning.  Here is a quick update about some of our classmates:

Anya Britzius has moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where she is attending the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and is also interning at Arizona Foothills Magazine, which is a lifestyle magazine for affluent desert living!  She is enjoying the warm weather and would love to hear from you if you get to Arizona.  Kate Riggs is interning at Milkweed Editions, which is a literacy non-profit press in Minneapolis and lives in South Saint Paul with “Gustie” Anne Marie KruseWes Veldman is working for Target Corporation as a financial planning specialist where he analyzes sales, payroll expenses, and staffing structures to increase productivity and profitability for Target.  Looking for networking equipment?  Then contact Jesse Johnson, who is an account manager for Zycko USA, the largest reseller of Cisco Systems hardware and accessories. 

Betsy Appleton has relocated to North Carolina where she is pursuing a master’s degree in library science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.   Jillian Hiscock is working as an admissions counselor at the University of Minnesota-Morris, which just happens to be my hometown.  What a perfect career for such a personable and highly-energized woman!

Anyone traveling to Japan?  Then visit Hannah Julien, Josh Zimmerman, Jill Carpenter, Maren Stoddard, Matt Polski, and Karl Erickson who are all participating in the Jet program where they will be teaching English.  Pete Schwingler has moved to New York to attend Columbia Law School.  Jenny Ingraham is an Account Coordinator for the ad agency Periscope in Minneapolis and lives in Uptown with Jessica Adams.

This past summer Leah Erickson married Shane Christenson.  Kristin Kachelmyer and Brady Krusemark were also married this past summer.  Emily Ayers-Johnson is engaged to Adam Langenfeld ’06.  Joel Nelson and Ann Syverson recently got engaged with plans to marry next summer.  Matt Lieser is engaged to Andrea Busch ’06.

Upcoming Events:

Do you miss seeing classmates from 2001-2005?  Then attend our Homecoming BBQ on Saturday, October 8.  The BBQ will be in Swede park immediately following the homecoming game.  It will be a great opportunity to visit with classmates that you have not seen for awhile.  Have a burger on your way out of town or before the evening St. Peter festivities.  There is no cost, but free-will donations will be accepted.  Vegetarian options will also be available.

Recently I was at Gustavus with the other class agents and we began to discuss our goals for our energetic and involved class of 2005.  We decided that we would like at least 20% of our class to participate in the class gift―the more the merrier.  Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 from our class for this year.  We also want at least 25 people to become part of the Cec Eckhoff Society.  Right now I am sure you are wondering what the Cec Eckhoff Society entails…well Cec Eckhoff recognizes individuals who make a lifelong pledge of commitment to the Gustavus Alumni Fund.  This pledge is tied solely to continuous annual support and not to a specific giving level.  Membership begins when you give your first gift and will continue as long as Gustavus receives an Alumni Fund gift in your name.  Members receive a Certificate of Membership, a Cec Eckhoff pin, and are invited to a President’s reception.  A special thanks to our first member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, Jillian Hiscock.

One of our seven class agents will soon be contacting you to update your profile for the Gustavus database, to see if you have any class news, and to receive a pledge from you for our class gift!  PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION―THE MONEY GOES TOWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS, OR YOU CAN SPECIFY AN ORGANIZATION THAT YOU THINK WOULD BENEFIT FROM YOUR DONATION ON CAMPUS.

Campus News:

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will also be implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be October 7-8.  This is reunion time for the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not a reunion year.  There is a full schedule this year with athletic events; seminars on aging, Living CSI, and the Linnaeus Arboretum; dedications and tours of Mattson Hall and renovated Old Main; as well as performances by comedian Scott Novotny ’75, many Gustavus musical ensembles and the Rockin’ Hollywoods.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Nurses Reunion

All Gustavus nurses are invited to the 45th anniversary of the nursing program at Gustavus on Saturday, October 8.  Events will include the dedication and tour of Mattson Hall, the facility that houses the nursing and education departments, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Swenson on “Celebrating Our Roots,” and a slide show presentation of the history of the college's nursing program.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors is now available online at:  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Mary Mansour ’85, softball, and Jay Rooker ’85, soccer, had also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington, D.C., Gustavus gathering — October 7
  • Class reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 — October 7-8
  • Nursing reunion — October 8
  • Homecoming — October 8
  • Family Weekend — October 7-8
  • Black Student Organization/Pan Afrikan Student Organization Reunion — October 14 – 15
  • Washington, D.C. Gustavus gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27

Enjoy your autumn and hope to see you at homecoming!  If you have any news that you would like to share with our class, please e-mail your class agents at:


Jessica A. Nelson

2005 Co-class Agent