Class of 2005
November 2007

Hello Class of 2005!

Another chilly fall has come since we left the hill.  While I love the pace of living in the metro area, this time of year definitely makes me miss my “valley view” dorm room in Sorensen with the beautiful views of the changing leaves.  I was lucky though to be able to make it back to Gustavus earlier this fall for Class Agents’ Day and take a walk around campus with fellow Class Agent Anne Michaletz Viljaste.  We were both jealous that we wouldn’t be able to experience the new football stadium as students, but take it from us, it’s beautiful!  Seeing it has definitely made me eager to get back there and catch a game.

I just began my third year at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.  While it’s been a tough road so far, finally being able to treat patients makes the first two years of late nights studying worth it.  Additionally, it’s a comfort having so many familiar faces around.  From Ellen Dufresne in my class to Andy Madson and Nate Lund in the fourth-year class, in addition to the many other Gustavus grads in the dental school, it’s nice to know there are other Gusties going through the same experiences.  So if there are any of you out there who need some dental work done, come to the dental school and catch up on old times with some fellow Gusties!

Going back to Gustavus in September reminded me just how lucky I was to receive a quality education in a gorgeous setting.  It also reminded me how important it is to give back so other future college students can have this same experience.  I know it’s tough to give since many of us are still students or are just settling into our careers and paying off student loans, but every little bit really helps.


Here’s what some of your classmates have been up to lately….

Andrea Lau Storlie is a 1st grade teacher at Red Oak Elementary School in Shakopee, MN.  Aaron Flohrs is an analyst for McKinsey and Co.  Jody Morsching married Cory Hassel last October.  Erik Dinsmore married fellow Gustie Katie Machowski ’06 in June.  Jillian Hiscock is going for her master’s in education and education leadership at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Linden Zakula is a press secretary for Amy Klobuchar.

Gemma Soderholm Storvick is a registered nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and is pursuing a master’s degree in geriatrics at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.  Her husband, Kris Storvick, is attending Law School at the University of Minnesota and is a law clerk at the 3M Office of Intellectual Property Counsel.  Anne-Marie Kruse married Mark Ericson on June 16, 2007.  Kari Den Otter received a master’s degree in political management in May from George Washington University.  Jake Granholm graduated in May from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs with a master’s in public policy and is now a management analyst at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Kiri deLaubenfels is attending the University of Iowa Law School.  Nathan Lund married Christine Kosel on May 26, 2007.  Megan Eekhoff Cameron got married last year and is going for her master’s at Hamline University.  Betsy Appleton is employed by George Washington University as a digital serials integration librarian.  Seth Richtsmeier works as an associate inventory analyst at TechTarget in Massachusetts.  Brady Krusemark is the director of bands at Waconia High School.  Tracy Hohertz married Erick Hoberg ’02 on October 14, 2006.

Megan Johnson got married on September 30, 2006 to Luke Friedrich and is a project coordinator at Washcard.  Carmen Leger is the band director for the Ashby and Evansville schools.  Jenny Vigoren is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the professional French master’s program.  Laura Odland married Zach Zimmer ’03 on October 28, 2006.  Katie Schoeneck is doing an internship at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.  Brandon Gillette is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Kansas.  Elizabeth Seefeldt works for Target Corporation as a graphic designer for the In-Store Marketing Team. 

Kallie Kachelmyer married Tyler Stroh on December 2nd, 2006 and is the Director of Youth and Family Ministry at Faith Lutheran Church.  Linnea Bjorkman is a women’s resource advocate at The Gathering Place.  Cassie Krueger married Eric Drake on November 11, 2006.  Kristi Paulsen Ringen is a 5th grade teacher at Park Elementary in Le Sueur, MN and is pursuing a master’s in special education from Mankato State University.  Anne Michaletz married Dave Viljaste ’04 on May 19, 2007.

Nichole Petersen Porath is attending the Carlson School of Management for her master’s in business administration.  She is also employed as a pricing analyst at Lockheed Martin.  Gwen Koenig received her master’s in counseling from Michigan State University in June.  Joe Peters is a personal banker for Wells Fargo.  Hannah Julien started the master’s in speech-language pathology degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Erin Klein is attending the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill M.D./Ph.D. program.  Catherine Rodman is a program coordinator for Samaritan Ministries.  Jenni Tischer married Andrew Boeke and is employed as a health fitness specialist.  Jamie Larson is a veterans service representative.  Mandy Larson is a substitute teacher for the Minneapolis School District.  Laura Gustafson works for M & I Trust Company as a sales and marketing administrator.

Emily Tongen teaches 9th grade civics in the Minnetonka School District.  Megan Anderson is currently volunteering for AmeriCorps.  Gina Mueller Lieser is a resource development/marketing coordinator for United Way.  Laura Johnson Stelter is a music and piano teacher at Riverbend Academy.  Leah Jarvis is a program director for the Lake Wapogasset Lutheran Dell Bible Camp.  Rochelle Moravec is a student naturalist at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

Sarah Yrjanson is a 1st grade teacher for ISD #91.  Amy Halverson is a merchandise assistant at Gander Mountain Corporate.  Janet Jansen is a part-time teacher at Mankato West High School.  Stacy Decker is attending the University of Minnesota to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience.  Mitch Hofer is an adolescent counselor at the Maple Tree Group Home.  Kimberlee Kautzer is a pre-med student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

Jill Carpenter is a certified athletic trainer at NovaCare.  Megan Richardson is a library associate at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.  Reed Petersen is a graduate student in history at Minnesota State University-Mankato.  Megan Phillips is in the physician’s assistant program at Midwestern University.  Eric Paquette is a 9th grade teacher in Minneapolis.  Ben Brueshoff is a travel administrator at Carlson Companies.

Karin Gustafson is teaching in the St. Louis Park school district.  Kim Eisenreich, Providence, RI is a community organizer for Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley.  Shawn Zellman is an engineering recruiter for Northland Employment Services.  Sara Dassenko is attending the University of Minnesota Nursing School.  Jared Lee successfully defended his master’s thesis in meteorology at Penn State University.  He is continuing on at Penn State to pursue a Ph.D. in meteorology.

Anna Gutman married Craig Fisher on June 30, 2007.  Anna Stenson is studying English literature at the University of Iowa.  Carl Ferkinhoff recently began the Ph.D. program in astronomy at Cornell University.  Erin Thulien got married at Gustavus on June 23, 2007 to Matt SchillerAbby Gambrel completed her master’s degree in forensic sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University and is now a chemist for the Department of Defense. 

Carissa Herzog got married on September 27, 2007.  Michelle Steadman graduated from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management with a master’s in human resources/industrial relations and is now working for Target.  There are also exciting things happening on campus….

Campus News

President Peterson Announces Retirement

President Jim Peterson ’64 announced in August that he plans to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year, capping a five-year term.  His early announcement will provide the Board of Trustees enough time to undertake a thorough search process and assist in a smooth transition to new leadership.  Peterson will serve through June 2008 and has offered to assist in an orderly transition beyond that date if needed.

Moes provide gift for Kendall Center

Gustavus parents Robert and Karin Moe have made a $1 million commitment to the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning. This leadership gift brings the College closer to its goal of fully endowing the center, which is dedicated to advancing active and interdisciplinary learning across the campus. When fully funded, the endowment will generate funds to support two main areas: faculty development and student-faculty research.

New football stadium opened

On September 8, the football team played its inaugural game at the College’s new football stadium.  The synthetic-surfaced field is recessed below ground level and features an earthen berm surrounding the entire field.  The field will continue to be named Hollingsworth Field after the late Lloyd Hollingsworth, who served as the College’s football coach from 1942-1960 and athletic director from 1961-1978.

Athletics Hall of Fame Induction

On Saturday, November 3, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletic Hall of Fame:  Tim DeJarlais ’91 (golf), John Erickson ’81 (hockey), Dave Hultgren ’92 (baseball), Craig Miller ’91 (cross country), Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88 (softball & soccer), Mike Schumacher ’91 (football), Ann Sommerness Simms ’92 (swimming), and Ryan Skanse ’92 (tennis).

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a once-a-month morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus. The group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100), 8:00-9:30 a.m., $10 per person.  Reserve by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763/533-9083

Wednesday, November 21

Winter sports coaches – Jon Carlson ’88 (men’s and women’s swimming & diving), Mark Hanson ’83 (men’s basketball), and Brett Petersen (men’s hockey)

Wednesday, December  19

Margaret Kelliher ’90, speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives

Alumni Fund

The 2008 Alumni Fund has a goal of $1.95 million from 8,000 donors.  Continue a Gustie tradition ― join other alumni to reach the goal with your participation in the 2008 Alumni Fund.

Refer a Gustie

As the school year starts, many high school seniors are getting serious about their college selection.  If you know of high school seniors or juniors who may be a good fit at Gustavus, please send their names to the Office of Admission at Gustavus to help recruit the next generation of Gusties.  Contact the Admission Office at 800/GUSTAVU(S).

Calendar of events:

  • Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2        Christmas in Christ Chapel
  • December 6                 St. Lucia Day celebration on campus

That’s all I’ve got for you.  Enjoy the fall and good luck in all of your exciting endeavors!


Becky Neitzke

2005 Co-class Agent