Class of 2005
October 2008

What a beautiful fall we have had in Minnesota!  This time of year always brings back memories of a new school year at Gustavus, which for many of us included activity fairs, sporting events, multiple trips to the Bookmark, chilly walks around campus and of course getting reacquainted with the library and late night study sessions.

Towards the beginning of last month, Anne Michaletz Viljaste and I attended our annual Volunteer Leadership Day at Gustavus to represent our class as class agents.  It is always interesting to attend such events because we are able to meet Gusties from all walks of life.  We find it fascinating to speak with passionate alumni, whose memories and stories from their time at Gustavus (even way back to the Classes of 1950’s) aren’t all that different from our own.

We were also able to meet the new president of Gustavus, Jack Ohle, who couldn’t be more perfect for the position.  Prior to serving at Gustavus, he was the president at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.  Hopefully many of you will have the chance to meet him.

While at Volunteer Leadership Day, we watched as the Class of 2003 finalized their five-year reunion plans, held over Homecoming weekend.  We began to think about our five-year class reunion, which is quickly approaching.  WOW!  Time flies!  If anyone is interested in helping us plan our reunion, please e-mail us at:  It is going to be a fun-filled weekend celebration!

Many of the Gusties we met during the session have found ways to keep in touch with their classmates.  Hopefully you’ve found ways to do so as well, whether it’s an annual holiday cookie bake, attending Christmas in Christ Chapel as a group, a fishing trip or volunteering with your former roommates, capture these moments on film (correction:  memory card) and send them to The Gustavus Quarterly – it’s always fun to see which Gusties are running into each other around the country.

Did you receive any scholarships while you were at Gustavus?  Did you participate in any programs on campus?  If your answer is yes, please help our class raise money for the current students, who like us need scholarships to make their college experience economically feasible!  Our class goal is to have everyone donate $20 this year!  Thanks for helping out a Gustie!

Class News

Ryan Taylor is now the owner of Prime Productions, which is a photography business.  Jill Van Bergen is a donor record administrator for Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Britanee Pelikan and Liza Ingvalson work at Target Corporation.  Kristi Paulsen Ringen is a special education teacher in Le Sueur.

Nathan Porath is a dental student at the University of Minnesota.  Nicole Petersen Porath is a lost schedule analyst at Lockhead Martin.  Melissa Gniffk’ Bang works at Target Corp. her husband, Mark Bang ’02 is a associate sales representative for IKON Office Solutions.  Andrew Bennett just completed a master’s in English at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  Laurie Decknatel graduated in June from the Art Institutes International of Minnesota.  Elizabeth Seefeldt is a graphic designer for Target Corp.  Jon Mueller is attending Oregon State University for mechanical engineering.

Kristen Gupta attends the University of Wisconsin for her MBA in marketing research.  Nathan Lund graduated from the University of Minnesota Dental School in May.  Ellen Muggli is the director of Rising Stars Preschool in Austin, Texas.  Emily Ayers-Johnson is a registered nurse at Christie Clinic in IL.  Sarah Schock is an event coordinator for the Phoenix Suns

Anders Haugen is a financial planner for Linelong Wealth Inc.   Sara Dassenko is attending the University of Minnesota for her master’s in nursing and has an internship in the surgical ICU at Fairview University.  Heather Sieben married Christopher Bell in September 2008; they are both attending medical school at the University of Minnesota and will be going into family medicine.  Jillian Hiscock is working as the assistant director of Admission at St. Ben’s/St. John’s and living in St. Cloud.  Jessica Adams is attending graduate school at Simmons College in Boston, MA for her master’s degree in gender and cultural studies

Kelly Keith is working as the assistant women’s soccer coach at Gustavus.  Katrina Kleinwachter graduated from Northwestern University Law School in May and is working in the Media Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, DC.  Mia Langsjoen is in her final year at Thomas M. Cooley Law School and also has an internship at the Legal Services of South Central Michigan.  Wes Veldman is a financial analyst for Target Corporation, supporting stores in the Southeast USA.  Anya Britzius is an editorial assistant at MSP Communications in Minneapolis.  Amber Juffer is a judicial clerk for the Supreme Court of Iowa.

Marriage and Birth announcements

Laura “Styp” Stypulkowski and Kent Kramer were married August 16, 2008.  Kent is working at Country Insurance as an underwriter and Laura is working at Regions Hospital as a physical therapist.  Lee Worel married John Alliet in April of 2008.  Heidi Johnson married Craig Selvog in May.  Rachel Kvanli married Scott Dickinsen in May.  Marie Woog married Alex Baker in June.  Tara Barnes married Andrew Fitch ’01 in June.  Dan and Suzanne (Martin) Hendrix had a baby girl, Delany Sethone Hendrix last November.  Marc and Nikki (Briggs) Beckmann had a boy, Cooper William, last December.

Have a great fall!

Jessica A. Nelson & Anne Michaletz  Viljaste

2005 Class Agents

Campus News

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College inaugurated Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president on Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  Various inaugural events were held over a four-day period.  On Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 4 the celebration was capped-off with an Oktoberfest; a buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game with about a thousand Gusties in attendance.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV held Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 focused on the first humans.  Presenters considered the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Need medical insurance?

Are you between jobs?  Self-employed?  Not covered by an employer health plan?  If you need health insurance you can find the right coverage for yourself and your family through the alumni association.  Whether you need temporary or permanent coverage, please visit to learn more about the range of coverage options available.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15
  • Gustavus Library Associates Fall Author Day — Nov. 5
  • Twin Cities Lecture, “The Threat of Global Terrorism,” Dr. Magnus Ranstorp '85 — Nov. 6
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Thomas Young ’88 — Nov. 19
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – Joyeux Noel – December 5-7
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Kjellgren ’86 — Dec. 17