Class of 2005
September 2006

Greetings Class of 2005!

Wow, wasn’t it weird not returning to GAC this fall? It was a shock for us, but fortunately we had the opportunity to attend Class Agent day a few weeks ago.  We had a blast meeting other class agents, talking to President Peterson, and began planning our activities for this year.  One upcoming activity at Gustavus that you should plan to attend is Homecoming!  It is a great way to stay acquainted with our class and meet other Gustavus alums. 

This year Homecoming is on Saturday, Oct. 7th.  If you cannot make it to Gustavus that day, call some of your classmates and friends from Gustavus and plan your own Gustie get together. As long as you stay connected to the school and your friends, your memories will last forever from those four precious years on the hill. 

If you are able to make it to St. Peter, make a stop on the way and support a fellow classmate at Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard. Austin Sponsel is running the orchard and would love to see you there! Ask for the “Gustavus Class of 2005 Special” and you will be treated to a free hayride (ok, you caught us…the hayrides are free for everyone). At the orchard you can pick your own apples, take a horseback trail ride and enjoy some great food.

As we look back on our experiences at Gustavus, we must remember all of the alumni that paved the way and made it possible for most of us to attend our wonderful college. Wouldn’t you like to know that you’ve made it possible for one more student to drive up College Avenue, eat in the cafeteria, worship in Christ Chapel and dance in the Dive? Now you have the chance! Current and future students need your help now! Every little bit helps. So please, make a contribution today and students will continue to enjoy their Gustavus Adolphus experience for years to come. Plus, you can make us feel proud the next time we have to face class agents from other years.  Trust us, we don’t want to hear from the class of 1945 that they beat us AGAIN.

Please keep us updated with your current information and life events. We would love to share your information in our class letters. Also, look for our upcoming class Web site!

Well, here is an update from some of our classmates:

Katherine MacQueen is an RN at the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, CO.  Liz Zappetillo is planning an Oct. 14th wedding.  Mia Langjoen is attending Thomas Cooly Law School in Lansing, MI.  Heather Meyers is attending Hamline Law School.  Cowen Koenig is attending Michigan State University for counseling.  Amanda Lodermeier is working for Teach for America in Camden, NJ.  Courtney (Fremont) Braatz is a 5th grade teacher for South Washington County Schools and is attending graduate school for parent education at University of Minnesota.  Josie Thulien is attending Minnesota State University-Mankato for her master’s of arts in teaching life science degree.  Liza Ingralson works for Virtelligence as a marketing communications specialist.  Julie Miller works for Novacare Rehabilitation as a certified athletic trainer.  Karolina Konczyk is attending William Mitchell College of Law.  Jenny Vigoren is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison Professional French Masters Program.  Hilary (Roberts) Genck is a psychiatric technician for the Bridges Extended Day Treatment Program in Torrington, CT.  Linda Lee is youth worker for Talbert House/North Star in West Chester, OH.  Laura Peiper completed her degree in band instrument repair from Minnesota State College-Southwest Technical.  Jillian Hiscock is an admissions counselor for the University of Minnesota-Morris.  Jessica Nelson is a Realtor for Realty Executives-Alexandria Home Sales in Alexandria, MN.  Stephanie Kangas is attending dental school in Portland, OR.  Alyssa (Tjosaas) George married Rob George this past June.  Alyssa is attending UW-Madison for physical therapy and Rob is attending UW-Madison for medicine.  Jeff Stewart is the manager of Tradehome Shoes in Yankton, SD.  Richard Kanavati is a business analyst for FirstMark Services.  KaLeah Norman is a Spanish instructor for the University Language Center.  Andy Brown is a sportsman’s guide.  Tom Nelson is a University of Minnesota Lab Technician.  Emily Wenzel works for Prostaff.  Courtney Hollenhorst provides technical support for Secure Computing.  Rachel Hanson is an inventory analyst for C. H. Robinson.  Kent Kramer is an underwriter for Country Insurance.  Katherine Groves is a grant raiser for Admission Possible. 

Mikaela Silkey is attending Creighton Law School.  Stacy Decker is working at the Mayo Clinic as a clinical laboratory technologist in the Toxicology Lab. Andy Waller is a long-term substitute teacher in Shakopee. Katie Balcom is working at 3M. Laura Johnson is a music teacher at Riverbend Academy and married Matthew Stelter in November. Andy Smith is an English teacher at Wonderland Elementary School in Korea. Sarah Kleinsmith is living in London. Mark Jenson and Bethany Hirst were married in July. Mark Jensen is a 5th grade teacher and a football coach at Council Bluffs Public Schools.  Bethany Hirst is attending Dental School at Creighton University.  Sheila Rodel is working at the YMCA in Mankato, personal training and after-school programs. Jenny Kramer is working at Weber Shandwick. Megan Beltz is a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Cedar Mountain Elementary School.  Kate Duncan is a kindergarten teacher in Minnetonka and was married in August. Beth DeLaRosby started graduate school at Springfield College this fall. Kristen Gupta works at General Mills as an account operations specialist. Sarah Schock is a wedding and social event planner at Marriott Southwest in Minnetonka. Jennifer Cleveland is a licensing representative at ACA International. Kate Riggs is working as an editor for The Creative Company, a children’s publisher in Mankato. Joel Nelson is a research assistant at VA Medical Center. Melanie Jeseritz and Cory Netland were married in January.

Campus News

Back to School

The 2006-07 academic year kicked off Sept. 6, with the annual opening convocation where President Jim Peterson encouraged students, faculty, and employees to remember, live, and teach the College's mission -- to prepare students for fulfilling lives of leadership and service to society. And some students who arrived on campus prior to the opening day of classes were already living the Gustavus mission. Students here early for athletic practice or residential-hall training helped with storm clean-up following tornadoes that hit the area at the end of August. The tornado damaged property in Nicollet, by Lake Emily, and farms outside Cleveland. The Gustavus campus and St. Peter received no damage.

Approximately 680 first-year students make up the class of 2010.  37% of these students are from the top 10% of their class, 10% are students of color, the average GPA is 3.7, and 20% are from out of state

Honor Roll of Donors

If you haven't had a chance to find yourself online, please go to to check out the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors. The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2005, and May 31, 2006. To find your name or check your class results, just point and click from your home or office computer. For those who do not have access to a computer, you may call toll-free 866/487-3863 to receive a copy in the mail (supplies are limited).

Nobel Conference - Medicine: Prescription for Tomorrow

The 42nd Nobel Conference, to be held October 3 and 4, will celebrate the successes of modern medicine and consider how it may further enrich our lives; at the same time, the conference will explore possible public policy and medical care delivery problems, from cost to decisions on who will receive the treatments. Moral and ethical issues abound. 

Join the Gustavus Choir as They Reign in Spain

The Gustavus Choir will embark on a 3-week concert tour in Portugal and Spain in January 2007 as part of the choir's 75th-anniversary year celebration. College staff and Seminars International, Inc. are organizing a 2-week companion tour of the Iberian Peninsula January 15 - 28 for alumni, friends, and parents, to be led by Jan and Russ Michaletz, choir parents and Gustavus alumni. Companion tour participants will have the opportunity to hear the choir in Seville, Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid . . . and perhaps meet the choir for dinner once or twice! The cost per person is $3,495. Contact Dean Wahlund, Gustavus Choir tour manager, at 800/726-6198 or e-mail him at for information no later than September 20. Come, join the Gustavus Choir on the Spanish Riviera!

Obtain Life Insurance at Group Rates

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.  According to a recent national survey, 68 million Americans have no life insurance.  Fortunately, the Alumni Association sponsors a life insurance plan, Life for Life, with exceptional features and low initial rates.  Maximum coverage is $2 million and insurance can increase repeatedly even if your health fails and you become uninsurable.  Obtain information online with the Alumni Association partner, or call 800-635-7801 for more information about this and other sponsored insurance.

Omega Kappa Fraternity Celebrates 100 Years

The OKs will celebrate 100 years of Modesty, Diversity, and Brotherhood on Saturday, October 21, at the Science Museum on Minnesota in St. Paul.  The evening will be filled with stories, photos, Shared memories, artifacts, histories, and singing.  For more information, go to

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 - 8

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Jessica Nelson and Annie Michaletz