Class of 2005
January 2008

Greetings Fellow Gusties!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  We are fast approaching the three-year mark since we all left the hill―hard to believe!  It is great to hear the news from our fellow classmates and see where everyone is and what they are up to now.

I, Liz Zappetillo Lewis, headed back to school this last fall at Texas Tech University in Lubbock in pursuit of a BSN.  Thankfully it is an accelerated second-degree program and I will graduate in August of this year!  Being a student again is definitely not as fun as the first time around at Gustavus.  My life however, is headed in yet another direction; my husband was transferred again to Montgomery, Alabama in December so I am here in the straight-line Texas winds with my two dogs and lots of huge tumbleweeds to keep me company for a while.  We never can get too settled in any one place-who knows where we will end up!

I wish I was able to get back to Minnesota more, to spend time with family and have the chance to meet up with some of my Gustie friends.  I encourage you all to get together and reminisce on all the good times we had and then have more together!

Class News

Here is what is going on with the rest of your classmates:

Tyler Chorley married Jeff Aasness ’06 on November 24, 2007.  They live in Eden Prairie, MN.  Tyler is an event planner for Business Improvement Company and Jeff is senior credit manager for Wells Fargo Financial.  Katie Aplin and Shawn Zellman were married on December 8, 2007 in St. Cloud.  Marissa Wold Bauck is a project editor for Augsburg Fortress in Minneapolis.  Nikki Briggs Beckmann is enrolled in the pediatric nurse practitioner program at Duke University and graduated in December 2007.  Marc Beckmann works for Glaxo Smith Kline as an analytical chemist.

Amy Beightol is living in Arlington, Virginia and is employed as the assistant to the president of the National Housing Trust.  Megan Beltz married Joshua Greene August 10, 2007.  Elena Keller and Bjorn Bjorklund were married September 22, 2007 in St. Cloud.  Elena works at Target Corporation in human resources and Bjorn is employed with Epicor Software in sales.  They are living in Minnetonka.

Ben Boline married Natasha Christoffer ’06 on June 16, 2007 at Gustavus.  Melissa Brasel is living in St. Paul and is employed at Minneapolis Business College as an admissions representative.  Ben Brueshoff is living in Apple Valley and is employed as an account manager for Miele, Inc.  Meghan Brummer ’06 and Jonathan Bjork were married August 4, 2007 at Gustavus.  Angela Crowley married Steve Chismar on September 1, 2007; they live in Burnsville, MN.  Angie works for Assurant, Inc. and Steve is working at Federated Insurance.  Alison Cordie is attending University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point and is working on a degree in environmental education and natural resources.

Kaela Poepping married Cason Cusack on July 27, 2007 and the couple is living in Utah.  Kaela is employed with Comcast.  Kelly Damrow is attending National University for Health Sciences in Lombard, IL and is completing a degree in chiropractics.  Kiri deLaubenfels is attending the

University of Iowa Law School in Iowa City.  Erik Dinsmore married Katie MacHowski ’06 and the couple is living in Shoreview, MN.  Erik is employed with St. Paul Public Schools.  Andrea Dobosenski Reese is employed with Benefield, Inc. and married Bryan Reese on September 2, 2007.  Mary Duvall is employed with Lutheran World Relief as the Midwest Grassroots Advocacy Organizer in Minneapolis.

Text Box:  Jessica Nelson sent in this photo taken at the wedding of Kate Riggs and Nicholas Sonsteby ’04 on September 15, 2007.  All of the people pictured are Gusties!  Kate works as editor for The Creative Company in Mankato and Nick works for Gustavus Technology Services.

Matt Eggebrecht is attending the University of Minnesota working toward a health care administration/MBA.  Kim Eisenreich is employed with the Center for Disease Control as an education coordinator.  Britt Forsberg is employed with the Science Museum as the scout program instructor.  Megan Johnson Friedrich is employed with Deluxe Corporation as a marketing communications consultant in Shoreview.  Laura Gustafson is employed with M&I Trust Company as a sales and marketing coordinator.

Stephanie Handahl married Jared Summers on September 2, 2007 in St. Cloud.  They live in Prior Lake and Steph works for Target Corporation.  Jon Hegman is employed at Valspar Corporation as a financial analyst in Minneapolis.  Christa Harrison is employed as a marketing coordinator for Ready Credit Corporation.  Jessica Heller is employed with AFS Intercultural Programs as a regional hosting coordinator for the Great Lakes Region in St. Paul.  Erin Klein is attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical School as a MD/Ph.D. student.  Andrew Leaf is studying hydrogeology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Jennifer Lemmage is a student intern at Miller Dunwiddie Architects and is an architecture student at the University of Minnesota.  Katie MacQueen is employed with Abbott Northwestern Hospital as an RN in the post anesthesia care and outpatient surgery discharge units.  Heather Meyers married Michael Hutchings on July 14, 2007 and is attending the Hamline University Law School.  Gina Mueller married Cole Lieser on August 17, 2007.  Mandy Olson is a financial assistant for Select Transportation.  Stefany Pederson is a director of human resources for Cooperative Print Solutions in Minneapolis.  Elin Peterson married Eric Nelson ’04 on October 20, 2007.  Laura Pieper is a band instrument repair technician at the Music Loft.  Claire Poppe is a chemist in the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.

Kelly McGillivray married Matthew Kley on September 29, 2007.  Jessica Kracl is a law clerk for the Minnesota Department of Human Services and is attending Hamline University Law School.  Rebecca Kuehl is attending the University of Minnesota majoring in communication studies.  She received a Graduate Fellowship and is working towards a Ph.D. in communication studies.  Heidi Larson Lietha is the owner of Snap Fitness in Cambridge and married Craig Lietha, December 31, 2006.  Hilary Larson is employed with Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital as a registered nurse.  

Kari Steffenhagen is employed as a child life specialist at Saint Joseph’s Children’s Hospital/Marshfield Children’s Clinic in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  She also graduated on December 12, 2007 with a master’s in child and family studies from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.  Jeffrey Stewart is manager for Trade Home Shoes in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Will Sutor and Lesli ­­­­Huettl were married July 28, 2007 in Marshall, MN.  Will is finishing his last year at Hamline Law School and Lesli teaches 4th and 5th grade music in the Spring Lake Park School District in Blaine.  Josie Thulien is a 10th grade biology teacher at St. Peter High School and graduated in May of 2007 with a master’s in life science teaching from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Elanna Tryon is attending Colorado University in Denver.  Jenny Vigoren graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a master’s of French studies in May 2007.

Just a quick reminder to take the time to make a gift to Gustavus this year!  By the looks of all that is going on with our class it has served us all well.  Your gift will help make that experience possible for another student.  Giving is easy.  Just go online at:

Campus News

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful.

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.  Upcoming speakers:

February 20 – Hank Toutain, Dean of Students

March 19 – Mary Morton, Provost and vice President of Academic Affairs

April 16 – Cindy Johnson-Groh, Executive Director, Linneaus Arboretum

May 21 – Tim Kennedy, Sports Information Director

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.

Alumni Insurance Programs

The Alumni Association sponsors insurance products for alumni, spouses, children, and parents.  Products include life insurance, auto, home and renters insurance, and short-term medical insurance to fill temporary needs of new alumni without insurance after graduation and others who may have gaps due to unemployment.  For information about life and short-term medical insurance, call 800-635-7801.  For information about auto, home, and renters insurance, call:  800-524-9400, (800-328-0705, ext. 552 in the Greater Twin Cities area).

Gustavus Music Showcase

The three international touring music ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College — The Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra —  will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  Tickets for the concert are on sale through the Orchestra Hall box office and may be purchased in-person, online at:, and via fax or phone at 612-371-5656.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-18 and current Gustavus students with a valid I.D.

College Relations blog

Gustavus College Relations staff has introduced a new blog that will offer commentary and news on a variety of topics pertinent to the campus community as well as some photography, video, and audio content.  During the month of January the blog will feature the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra’s China tour and observations on several January Interim classes.  The new blog can be read at:


Men's tennis coach Steve Wilkinson has been named the national winner of the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Recreation Award.  This awards program, which began in 2003, was open to more than 2,000 ITA head and assistant coaches at the NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, NAIA and junior/community college levels.  Senior goaltender Trevor Brown became the first men's soccer player in Gustavus history to be named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Men’s Soccer Team as released by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fine Arts Events

“Destination Anywhere:  A Juried Exhibit of 15 Award-Winning Young Artists With Disabilities,” is now on display at the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus.  The exhibit, a product of a partnership between VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts) and Volkswagen of America, Inc., strives to recognize and showcase young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are living in the United States.  In November the Department of Theatre and Dance presented a Festival of Student Work.  A miniature “Fringe Festival” in its own right, this collaboration of more than 60 actors, dancers, designers, and technicians, operating on 10 different production schedules, filled Anderson Theatre, the Black Box, and the Schaefer Fine Arts Center for four days of artistic celebration.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast – February 20
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – March 8
  • Music Showcase – March 9

For more information on alumni events, go to: