Class of 2005
October 2009

Dear Fellow Gusties,

Greetings from California!  Another fall has arrived for all of you enjoying the lovely Minnesota weather which means it has been over four years since our graduation.  Preparations for our 5-year reunion have already begun and we are one year away from the big event.  We will be sending out monthly letters and email updates to let you know about the details as things are finalized.  Our reunion weekend will be October 8th and 9th, 2010 so mark your calendar!

In honor of our reunion we are starting an endowed scholarship for our class.  We would be the first class to ever do this at the five year reunion mark!  This scholarship will be used to give an incoming student the financial capability to attend Gustavus.  Our goal is to raise $25,000 or more over the next year.  It is a great way for our class to come together to give future Gusties a great college experience year after year.  There will be more communication on this to come!

You can also stay informed on what is happening with our reunion with our new Class of 2005 Facebook group!  If you would like to contact our class agents with any updates, questions, or information changes, you can do so through facebook, or our email!  Please keep sending us your news; we love to hear what is going on with our fellow classmates.

reunion committee

If you are interested in assisting us with reunion planning in any capacity, please contact us via our email or one of your class agents!  We welcome anyone who would like to help.  We definitely had a great start to our planning at our fall Volunteer Leadership meeting (pictured above) at Gustavus in September.  And now….some…

Class News

  • Mike Zard is working for Rydex Investments as an investment consultant and living in Chicago.
  • Therese Gay is attending National University of Health Science in Lombard, Illinois as a chiropractic student.
  • Rachel Kuykendall is working for the Washington Conservation District as a water resource technician.
  • Jon Borle is working as an RN at Fairview University Hospital.
  • Adam Johnson is working for Diasorin.
  • Mike Fournier is working for the Mound Police Department as a police officer.
  • Mary Duvall is working as the Midwest grassroots advocacy organizer for Lutheran World Relief.
  • Shalynn Lutz Frank is working for the department of Veteran Affairs as a benefits administrator; she also married Adam Frank on June 26.
  • Josh Dwyer is a biology teacher and tennis coach at Holy Family Catholic High School and Shawna Weaver Dwyer is a residential counselor at Bar None Residential Treatment Center.
  • Megan Fehlandt D’Agostino ’05 married Sal D’Agostino  on October 18, 2008 and is working as a teacher.


We received this picture (right) of an exuberant group of Gusties taken at the wedding of Janet Jansen and Jacob Moen ’03.  They were married on August 16, 2008.

  • Anne Holker married Brad Litke on June 27, 2009.  They live in Apple Valley.
  • Thomas Blackstock married Jessica Rudick on July 10, 2009.  They live in Chicago, IL.
  • Kari Steffenhagen married Nathan Bluhm on May 9 and she is working as a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
  • Kate Erickson and Chris Columbaro were married June 21, 2008.  Kate is working at Follett in McHenry, Illinois.
  • Carissa Herzog Roach is working at United Hospital as an RN.  Carissa married Jeffery Roach on September 22, 2007.
  • Laura Stypulkowski married Kent Cramer in August 2008.  Laura is a 2008 Mayo School of Health Sciences graduate with a doctorate in physical therapy.  Kent is working for Country Insurance.
  • Nikki Briggs Beckmann is working as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Pediatric Surgical Associates.  Marc Beckmann is an analytical chemist for Glaxo Smith Kline.
  • Clarissa Renken graduated from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Katherine Swenson married Nick Palmer ’06 on May 17, 2008.  Katherine earned her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Ashleigh Penrod is attending Temple University in Philadelphia working toward a master’s of fine arts in performance and choreography.
  • Alison Anderson Holland and husband, Jeff, welcomed a baby girl, Evalynn Mae, on November 27, 2008.
  • Heidi Johnson and Craig Selvog were married May 17, 2008.  Heidi is working as a personal care attendant for ARC in Duluth, MN.
  • Kelsey Hanson and Andrew Granowski were married October 18, 2008.  Kelsey is currently employed at the Minnesota Autism Center.  Andrew works for Chaska School District.
  • Lauri Huettl is working at Abbott Northwestern Hospital as an RN in the medical surgical ICU.
  • Kristi Schneider and Brian Trussell were married March 21, 2009.  Kristi graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and Brian received his master’s degree from St. Mary’s University and is a chemistry teacher at Rosemount High School
  • Miriam Bullard Rauk is working as an RN at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in orthopedics and general surgery.  Husband, Nathan Rauk is an advanced business analyst for Thrivent Financial.  They enjoy spending time with their 18-month old son, Ethan.
  • Tara Barnes and Andrew Fitch ’01 were married June 21, 2008.
  • Kelly Keith graduated from Colorado State University in May.  Kelly received a master’s in statistics in nutrition.
  • Ashley Farbo married Anthony Schulzetenberg ’07 on September 5, 2008.
  • Lynnea Piotter is working in maternal-child health for the Minnesota Department of Health.

You’ll be hearing more from us,

Liz Zappetillo Lewis

Becky Neitzke

Jessica Nelson

Anne Shipley

Anne Michaletz Viljaste

2005 Co-class Agents

Campus News

Gustavus gets High Rankings

Gustavus Adolphus College is listed as the 33rd best liberal arts college in the country according to a new set of college rankings released on Thursday, September 3, by Washington Monthly magazine.  The publication states on its website that schools were ranked based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories:  social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Gustavus once again ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.  Gustavus moved up eight places from last year’s rankings to 80th on the magazine’s “Best Liberal Arts College’s” list.  Gustavus is one of six Minnesota colleges that placed in the top 100 in this year’s rankings.  One of the measures used to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college is alumni giving percentage; therefore, participating in a giving program at Gustavus, regardless of amount given, is important to the College.

GLA Membership

All of us remember the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.  It was a place for study and, depending on your era, finding a “coffee date.”  But, in the 21st century, it has become much more.  It is a technology-rich laboratory for learning and a storehouse of culture and recorded knowledge.  It must constantly be strengthened to ensure excellence in education.  The Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) provides financial support for the library and a program of events to its members.  Join this year and immediately make a difference.  Whatever membership gift level you choose, 100% goes directly to the library’s acquisition budget.  Join today at!!!

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming speakers:  President Jack R. Ohle – Oct. 21, Chaplain Brian Johnson ’80 – Nov. 18, Thomas Young ’88 – Dec. 16.

Upcoming Events

  • Athletics Hall of Fame – October 17, 2009
  • Gustavus Library Associates – A Royal Affair – November 14, 2009
  • Farewell for Steve and Barb Wilkinson, Minneapolis Hyatt - December 12

royal affair