Class of 2005
February 2007

Dear Fellow Gusties,

This coming May will mark two years since our graduation.  Wow, the time flies.  Many of us attended a five-year high school reunion this year.  I guess I pictured high school reunions happening when we were much older, but I guess that time is now.  I know many of you are scattered around the country, myself included―soon to be Texan, and some of you are in Minnesota, but we are united by our wonderful Gustavus experiences and how it led us to become who we are.

Working at a college much like Gustavus, in Annual Giving no less, has made me realize how great of a place it is and how important our role is, as alumni.  Now we have the opportunity to help other students share in the experiences we had at Gustavus.  Gustavus is driven 80% by tuition, and we are responsible to help with the other 20%.  However, as young alums the student loans have definitely kicked in for some, for others it is graduate or professional school that is holding them back from making a gift, but for all of us, just a $5 gift (the cost of a daily Starbucks venti cinnamon dolce latte with tax) can make an amazing impact.

Enough about that.  We’ll move on to the great things that our fellow classmates are up to.  I must say, you are all doing some awesome things!


Text Box:  Owen Anfinson is attending graduate school at the University of Washington-Pullman for geology.  Andrea Busch ’06 and Matt Lieser were married on July 8, 2006.  (Note picture of Matt and Andrea taken in the Arboretum at Gustavus.)  Matt is in his second year of medical school at the University of Minnesota and Andrea is working for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  Amanda Cody is attending George Washington School of Law in D.C.  Andrea Dobosenski married Bryan Reese on September 2, 2006.  Renee Donahue is pursuing an M.D. at the University of Minnesota.

Britt Forsberg is volunteering with Americorps and the McCall Outdoor Science School.  She is also attending the University of Idaho for a master’s in environmental education.  Jennifer Grundeen works in the media department at Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis.  Jennifer Ingraham is an assistant account executive at Periscope.  Eric Jenson married Sara Huston on August 11th, 2006.  Melanie Jeseritz married Cory Netland on January 28, 2007.

Laura Johnson married Matthew Stelter on November 19, 2006.  Johanna Johnson is attending Yale Divinity School for a master’s in divinity.  Kristin Kachelmyer Krusemark was inducted into the Mankato East High School Hall of Fame in September.  Stefanie Kangas is attending Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Oregon.  Andy Madson married Amy Herron on August 5, 2006.

Brent Magnusson is attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for physical chemistry.  Joseph Milbrath works for the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT.  Amanda Parker is attending the University of Minnesota Law School.  Nate Porath and Nicole Petersen were married June 25, 2005.  Nate is the head guard at America’s Waterpark and attends the University of Minnesota Dental School.  Nicole is a cost schedule analyst for Lockheed Martin and is attending the University of St. Thomas for business administration.

Jessica Schrieber is attending the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  Jill Selly married Robby Frederickson on October 15, 2005.  Gemma Soderholm married Kristofor Storvick on June 10, 2006.  Jessica Coulsey Stricker is an English teacher at New Prague High School and is attending St. Mary’s for a master’s in education.

Alyssa Tjosaas married Rob George on June 17, 2006.  Tanna Tuomie married Brady Hoffman on October 20, 2006.  Brady is working at Larson-Allen Accounting in Minneapolis and Tanna is working for Wells Fargo Financial.  Ann Syverson and Joel Nelson were married on July 22, 2006.

Shawna Weaver and Josh Dwyer were married on June 11, 2005.  Shawna is attending St. Mary’s University pursuing a degree in counseling and psychological services and works at Bar None Residential Treatment Facility as a residential counselor.  Josh works at St. Peter Swine Veterinary Clinic as a research technician.  Tom Westlund works at Eschelon Inc in Minneapolis in service coordination and telecommunications.  Jeremy Wilson is serving in Iraq as part of the Minnesota National Guard.  Upon his return, he will attend law school.  Liz Zappetillo married Jeffrey Lewis on October 14, 2006.  Liz is working at Dickinson College as the assistant director of annual giving.  Melissa Aasen is working as an ILS Outreach Worker for Restart Inc.

Jennifer Abrahamzon is working as a research technician at the Mayo Clinic.  Claire Anderson is employed with Central College as a residence hall director while working on her master’s in public administration at The University of Colorado.  Andrew Bennett is working on a master’s in creative writing at the University of Nebraska Kearney.  Jon Borle is working as a nurse with Allina Hospitals.  Laura Bye is employed with Opportunity Partners as a community integration services instructor.

Beth DeLaRosby is working on a master’s in athletic administration at Springfield College.  Kiri deLaubenfels works as a development and communications associate at the Alexandra House in Blaine.  Kate Duncan married Tyler Kienow ’04 on August 5, 2006.  Mary Duvall is the lead organizer campaign manager at Minnesota ACORN.  Britt Forsberg is an environmental educator with Americorps.

Mark Freeman married Erin Deutchman on September 30, 2006.  Joshua “JR” Friesen is a creative services producer at CBS Newschannel 5 (KGWN-TV).  Abby Gambrel is working as an autopsy technician in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia while attending Virginia Commonwealth University for a master’s in forensic science.  Justin Gleason is a job supervisor at Eagle Crest and was married on October 7, 2005.

Christian Gunberg is at Florida Coastal School of Law.  Ben Hardy is a database programmer at Verisae.  Lance Hendrickson is a commercial insurance underwriter for Federated Mutual Insurance Co.  Katrina Hesterman is a merchandising coordinator for Target.  Nate Hitch is a financial advisor for AXA Advisors.

Lesli Huettl is a 1st -5th grade classroom music teacher at Westwood Elementary and Intermediate Schools in Blaine and is engaged to Will SutorAngela Ingersoll is a technician and customer service representative for ViroMed Laboratories Inc.  Jolene Johnson is a physics doctorate student at the University of Minnesota.   Katrina Kleinwachter is a law student at Northwestern.

Jamie Larson is a trainee for Veterans Affairs at the Federal Building.  Melissa Laine is living in Washington, D.C. working for the IRS as an economist and attending American University for her master’s in economic development.  Heidi Lawson is a political science doctorate student at University of Illinois, Chicago.  Ciara Legato is working in Costa Rica as an instructor for Costa Rica Rainforest Outward Bound School.  Eva Miller and Evan Christianson were married on August 12, 2006.

Gina Mueller is the resource development marketing coordinator for United Way of Kandiyohi County.  Ellen Muggli is a resource teacher at Rising Stars Preschool in Texas.  Kristi Paulsen married Joshua Ringen on July 1, 2006.  Kristi is an elementary teacher with LeSueur-Henderson School District.  Melissa Brasel Paulson is a customer service manager and owner of Reuben’s County Market.  Jean Pearce is attending University of North Dakota School of Medicine.

Laura Pieper is a band instrument repair technician for the Music Loft.  Kate Podvin is an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea.  Kaela Poepping is a marketing assistant with Paddock Laboratories, Inc.  Matthew Polski is a studio editor at Fallon Worldwide.  Genevieve Quist was awarded the 2007 Rhodes Scholarship which she will use to begin her master’s in philosophy and comparative social policy at University of Oxford, England.

Kendra Rinas is a social worker in Ghana with Church World Services/Department of Homeland Security.  Bekah Smith is a graphic designer with the company Skinny Raven and backpacked through South America in January of 2006.  Karl Spilseth is a sales representative for Coast to Coast Business Equipment in Irvine, CA.  Peter Swanstrom is a customer care representative with Clearwire.  Karl Tsuchiya is a claims representative for AIG Insurance and was married in October to Theresa Bardy.  Alissa DeHaan was married to Colin Wallace on August 8, 2006 and attends the University of Colorado-Boulder for a degree in audiology.  Megan Wille is a media planner with Campbell-Mithun.


Alumni Starring in The Cherry Orchard

The Department of Theatre and Dance is celebrating 75 years of theatre at Gustavus this year with two featured events:  Theatre Reunion May 11-12 and a gala performance of The Cherry Orchard followed by admission to the cast party on February 10.  The Cherry Orchard will be Professor Rob Gardner’s final directing work before retirement.  A cast of professional theatre alumni will join the student actors for this very special production.  The alumni cast includes:  Peter Breitmayer ’87, Karen Esbjornson ’80, Kevin Kling ’79, Scott Novotny ’75, and Michael Glenn (Waldhauser) ’97.  A sold-out performance is expected for this unique celebration, so order your tickets soon.  For more information and to order tickets, go to the Cherry Orchard site from <>.

Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau, given prior to Phil’s death last April, established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name.  Lindau, a commodities broker and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater.  The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, Realtor, or other professional?  Make it a Gustie!  Look in the Gustie Pages, an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs, or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to become your customers.  Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website at:  <>.

Career Connections with Students

Sign up now for the 2007 Gustavus Career Connections Reception.  The reception will be Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton.  The gathering allows Gustavus alumni to provide advice, encouragement, and career networking opportunities to Gustavus students seeking internships and career opportunities.  Alumni are invited to attend and assist current students in their career search.  You do not have to be hiring at your company to attend – just willing to share your experience.  E-mail the Career Center at or call 507/933-7586 if you can attend or want more information.

Give Every Year to Gustavus?

Do you give to Gustavus every year and plan to give every year in the future?  Then you should become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society.  Members of the Cec Eckhoff Society simply make the public commitment that they plan to give financially to Gustavus every year.  It does not matter how much you give and this is not a formal pledge for a certain amount of money.  Cec Eckhoff ’56 led the alumni office from 1963-1994.  Cec believed that part of being an alum of Gustavus was to give monetarily each year to the College.  To become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, please call The Gustavus Fund office toll-free at 866/487-3863 or e-mail <>.  Thank you for your support of Gustavus!

Summer Sport Camps at Gustavus

Gustavus’ strong athletic tradition is evident with numerous summer sports camps featuring knowledgeable coaching staffs, acclaimed athletic facilities, and quality dining service and housing accommodations.  Camps offered this year include: golf, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, throwing, and swimming.  For more information go to <> or contact the Athletic Department at 507/933-7617.

Upcoming Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students will participate in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus String Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir will tour Spain and Portugal January 11-30.  Performances are scheduled for Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid.  The Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.  The String Orchestra will be in Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • The Cherry Orchard Gala Performance – February 10
  • Orlando Gustie Gathering – February 13
  • Tampa Bay Gustie Gathering – February 15
  • Naples/Marco Island Gustie Gathering – February 17
  • Tucson Gustie Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Gustie Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Gustie Gathering – March 18
  • Celebrating 75 years of Theatre Reunion – May 11-12

Well that’s a wrap!  Enjoy these wintery days and we’ll write again in the spring.

Liz Zappetillo Lewis

2005 Co-class Agent