Class of 2005
April 2006

Dear Class of 2005 Grads,

Congratulations on making it to the one-year mark after graduation without begging Gustavus to let you come back and be a super senior.  I’ve come to the conclusion that we all think we know what real life is like when we are in college, but once we’re out here on our own we realize we had no idea what we were talking about.  Not only do I find myself voluntarily waking up at 8:00 a.m. on the weekends, I also miss the monotony of my old weekly schedule:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday go to class; Tuesday go to one class; sleep in Thursday.  I never thought I would be one of those people who turns their phone off at 10 p.m. because “who would be calling this late?”  Oh well such is life; we had to become grown-ups some time.

Speaking of growing up, student loan payment time has come.  We all tried to ignore it the last four years, but as it turns out, you really do have to pay the loans back.  It does remind me every time I write that check how many more student loans I would have if it weren’t for the fellow Alumni of Gustavus and their support of the Gustavus Fund.  I know many of you think that you don’t have anything substantial to give, but all it takes is $5, the equivalent of one large coffee cooler at Caribou or two gallons of gasoline.  When you think about it, most of us have $5 right now, even those of you who are currently accruing more student loans as we speak.  So hopefully we can all make another Gustie’s college experience a little easier.

Many of our fellow Gusties are doing some great things around the country and the world!  See all of the Class News below:


  • Ali Anderson is working with The Epilepsy Foundation and Happy Feet Dance Studio in Minneapolis. 
  • Emily Ayers-Johnson is working as an RN at United Hospital in St. Paul and is planning a June wedding.


  • Liz Baranowski got married to David Lenz last July 23rd in St.Peter.  They are currently living in Cedar Rapids, IA. 
  • Rachel Batalden is working for Lutheran Volunteer Care and living in Lamberton, MN. 
  • Melissa Brasel married Patrick Paulson at Celebration Chruch in Sartell, Minnesota on October 8, 2005. 
  • Marni Lynn Brigger is working at Habilitative Services Incorporated in Mankato, MN. 
  • Anya Britzius is attending graduate school at University of Tempe Arizona for journalism. 
  • Ben Brueshoff has traveled to France yet again and published an article in the February 15 edition of our very own Star Tribune.  He is spending the year as an assistant English teacher in Auxerre, France.


  • Cory Christenson is attending graduate school at Tuscon University in Arizona for a degree in physics.


  • Kari Den Otter is living in Washington, D.C. and is a compliance specialist at Wine America. 
  • Joshua Dwyer and Shawna Weaver were married June 11 in Superior, MN.  Shawna is a coordinator for the Swanson Tennis Center in St. Peter and a tennis coach for St. Peter Public School.  Shawna is also the youth director for Methodist Church in Mankato.  Josh is a research technician for the St. Peter Swine Veterinary Clinic and a tennis coach for St. Peter Public Schools.


  • Matt Eggebrecht is working at Allina Medical and living in Eden Prairie. 
  • Alan Evans is also living in Eden Prairie and working for Assist Medical Systems.


  • David Fowler is attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in electrical engineering.


  • Jessica Heller is living in Washington, D.C. and working as a program associate for the Meridian International Center. 
  • Anne Holker is living in Burnsville, MN and is employed with New Concepts Management Group as an assistant property manager.


  • Melissa Laine is living in Hugo, Minnesota while she sings in the Minnesota Chorale and attends law school at Hamline University.


  • Jessica Nelson is a Realtor for Realty Executives in Alexandria, MN. 
  • Joel Nelson is a research assistant for schizophrenia at the VA Medical Center and is engaged to Anne Syverson.


  • Kendra Rinas is employed with the non-profit Bread for the World where she is seeking justice to end hunger as an International Hunger Policy Analyst in Washington, D.C.

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  

  • Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:

  • Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul;
  • Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and
  • Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  

  • Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and
  • Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.  The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Short Term Medical (STM) insurance Available

Short Term Medical Insurance can fill the temporary needs of those without health insurance, usually at a lower cost than other alternatives.  Alumni and their families may apply.  This is perfect for children of alumni who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  Contact the program administrator at Meyer and Associates at:  800-635-7801 or about this and other sponsored life, medical, auto and homeowners insurance.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)

Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate.  Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood.  This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level.  This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute.  Come out to help make the community a little better.  To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to

MAYDAY! Peace Conference:  "AIDS + Africa, the Unfolding Crisis"

The 26th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 19.  This year's topic is AIDS in Africa.  The conference will feature a keynote address by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of the HIV virus, and Marjorie Mbilinyi, social activist and professor in Tanzania.  The AIDS Memorial Quilt will also be on campus for viewing.  Robert Gallo is spending time on campus during March and April sponsored by the Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Distinguished Professorship, a residency program for Nobel Laureates and similarly distinguished scholars.  For more information, go to

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • MAYDAY! Peace Conference on AIDS – April 19
  • Rydell Distinguished Professorship lecture by Robert Gallo, co-discoverer of HIV virus, professor and director of the Institute of Human Virology – April 20
  • Gustavus Association of Congregations Meeting, keynote address, "Discipleship in Today's World:  Religion and Ecology," by Larry Rasmussen – April 22
  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8

I hope all of you have a wonderful spring and are looking forward to your upcoming summer months, which I now call wedding season.


Liz Zappetillo

2005 Co-class Agent