Class of 2006
November 2007

To the Gustavus Class of 2006,

Just over one and a half years ago, we donned our long black robes in 100-degree heat and left Gustavus for a new beginning.  Some of us were ready to go, some of us weren’t―and some are still wondering what to do next.

Whether we’re starting an exciting new career, serving abroad in the Peace Corps, studying hard in graduate school, or struggling to take that next step, a lot has happened to each and every one of us over the course of the last 18 months.  And whether we miss Gustavus, or even think about our former lives on the hill with any frequency, the experiences we shared over the course of those four years are undoubtedly rooted deeply in who we are as people, and will remain unequivocally formative in our years to come.

As class agents, we returned to campus this fall for our annual meeting.  And aside from the recently finished, incredible new football stadium, not a whole lot has changed on campus.  The chapel bells were still chiming, the caf was still rife with the sweet smell of chicken tenders, and Old Main still greets everyone who comes up that beautiful and welcoming hill.

We did notice one truly significant change though―a lack of familiar faces.  You always hear so often that what makes Gustavus so great is the people.  Now many of those who we shared our Gustavus experience with have graduated, new classes of freshman Gusties taking their places.

But the kind of people who call Gustavus home now are all too familiar―extraordinary, thoughtful, caring, friendly people who honor a strong sense of community, fight for justice, strive for excellence, generously serve their neighbors, and hold deep and strong beliefs about who they are and what they’re here for.  Students much like us were tossing the Frisbee on Eckman Mall, lounging in the fall sun on the grass, and a few were in the library studying.  We’re glad to report that our former home is in good hands.

This new class of Gusties still needs our help though―much like we relied on the generous support of those who came before us.  Many of us would never have had the chance to go to Gustavus had it not been for the Gusties who so faithfully gave the gift of Gustavus every year to the Gustavus Fund.  The same is true with this year’s class, and the next.

We hope you’ll continue that strong tradition of giving back by making a gift to Gustavus this year―and continuing to do so in the years to come.  One dollar, fifty, or one hundred, it doesn’t matter what you give, just that you take it upon yourself to make another person’s education possible.  Your donation will provide funding for scholarships, student resources, competitive salaries for a strong faculty, and more.

Giving to Gustavus is easy.  Just do one of the following:

  • Give online at (it only takes 30 seconds).
  • Pledge a gift when a student calls you at home.
  • Set up a direct deposit gift on your paycheck at work (ask your human resources department how to do this―it’s really easy).

We hope you’ll give the gift of Gustavus this year, but most importantly, we hope you’ll stay in touch.  Take a moment to update us with any news, announcements, or exciting new developments in your life by going online to: or email us your news at:  Your announcements will be listed in our bi-annual class letters and the Gustavus Quarterly.  We look forward to hearing from you, and knowing what you’re up to.

Best wishes for a joyous holiday season.

Your 2006 Class Agents,

Matt Swenson

Katie Parks

Anders Eckman

Jess Olson

Matt Forbes

Mollie Peterson


  • Laura Abbott is teaching in China until next year.
  • John Addler works for Best Buy Headquarters as a fraud agent.
  • Austin Aho recently finished a Mountbatten Internship in London and is now working for Credit Suisse in Singapore.
  • Josh Aul is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato for urban planning.
  • Jackie Betts works for Health Partners.
  • Barbie Bexell is home from California, working at News America Marketing as an account coordinator.
  • Jayme Brandanger is a marketing coordinator (public relations and community relations) at Cambria and living in Eden Prairie.
  • Sara Burns is in her second, and final, term with AmeriCorps with Admission Possible.
  • Justin Burum is attending graduate school at Minnesota State, Mankato.
  • Alicia Deadrick is an educational coordinator for Braitronics.
  • Jen Delano is a learning resource teacher at Island Lake Elementary School.
  • Nate Droogsma is a risk consultant at Federated Insurance.
  • Carrie Dunn is in marketing at Cuignus.
  • Emily Eddy works as a program coordinator for the Emergency Food Shelf Network.
  • Justin Engel is a registered nurse at Abbott Northwestern.
  • Jared Ehtessabian is a graduate student at University of Iowa.
  • Katie Fisher is a counter manager for Estee Lauder at Macy’s Southdale.
  • Sarah Floren is a preschool teacher at New Horizon Academy.
  • Kristi Forsythe is teaching social studies at Stillwater High School.
  • Mary Furlong is attending the University of Minnesota for physical therapy.
  • Connie Gardner is working as an area coordinator at Hendrix College in Conway, AR.
  • David Garfunkel completed his hike of the 2500+ mile Appalachian Trail from March to July 2007, and recently left for the Dominican Republic where he is serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for the next two years.
  • Sara Gove is a development associate at Meals on Wheels Foundation in Chicago.
  • Nick Green works for Pearson Education as an interactive developer.
  • Erin Greenlee Young is a health information specialist at IMC Kevric in Maryland.
  • Sonja Hall works for Dwell magazine as an executive assistant to the president.
  • Loren Havemeier is a PCP at Immanuel St. Joseph Hospital.
  • Karin Hedstrom is a teaching assistant in Scandinavian politics at the University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Jack Henkemeyer is a production planner for Boston Scientific.
  • Peter Hillman is in sales for Tiger City Sports.
  • Jackie Hochstein works for Life Work Services as a service specialist.
  • Tracy Jaeger is an infant teacher for Kinderberry Hill Development Center.
  • Hannah Johnson is a master of divinity student at Luther Seminary.
  • Gina Kilchenman is a sales coordinator at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel.
  • William “B.J.” Kuhns is taking a year off from the University of St. Thomas Law School while working for Congressman Jerrold Nadler in Washington DC.
  • Mollie Lager is a seventh grade social studies teacher at Rockford Middle School.
  • Eva Landeros is attending University of St. Thomas Law School.
  • Fred Lewis is a financial service representative for MetLife.
  • Nick Linde is a graduate student at University of Minnesota, Duluth.
  • Tammy Lis is working as a registered nurse at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.
  • Allison Lloyd Madrinich is a receptionist at L & M Radiator.
  • Scott Ludwig is working at Northwest Airlines.
  • Ann Malkovich has been with Gibb Technology Sales since June 2006 working in inside sales.
  • Marisa Mancini is an administrative assistant at Holistic Management International in New Mexico.
  • Logan Martin is working for the City of Oakdale as an assistant to the city administrator.
  • Nikole Maus is a technical account representative at Benfield, Inc.
  • Sam Mediger is an account operations specialist at General Mills.
  • Erik Mestnik works at Combined Insurance Company of America as a sales representative.
  • Erik Meyer is a personal trainer at Harbor Athletic in Madison, WI.
  • Maria Mulvihill is attending the University of District of Columbia as a law student.
  • Megan Olson is a first grade teacher at Belle Plaine Public School.
  • Nick Palmer works at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a home mortgage consultant.
  • Erin Parker is a service facilitator at Lifeworks, Inc.
  • Katie Parks is a pharmaceutical sales representative for King Pharmaceuticals and living in Minneapolis.
  • Mollie Peterson has started her second year at Luther Seminary and is the youth director at Mount Olivet, west campus.
  • Monica Ramirez is a human resources solutions employee representative with Carlson Companies.
  • Kendra Ractliffe works at Wells Fargo Financial as a sales representative.
  • Ryan Rud is working for Gustavus in the computer lab.
  • Katie Johnson Rudeen is a pre-k teacher at KinderCare Learning Center.
  • Erik Ruser is a software developer at Open Access Technology.
  • Brianna Sander began a nine-month internship at River Bend Nature Center.
  • Mary Scheller is a nurse at St. Peter Community Hospital.
  • Julie Severson works for the Anoka County Courthouse.
  • Teal Slivik is a project assistant at Simply Retail, Inc.
  • Anna Thompson works at Macy’s as a vendor specialist.
  • Lisa Undem is attending St. Kate’s as a physical therapy graduate student.
  • Katy Warren is the youth director at Thanksgiving Lutheran Church in Nebraska.
  • Rachel Weimar is serving in Iraq for one year.
  • Julie Wenaas works for Novus Print Media Network.
  • Matt and Laura (Carr) Whittaker live in Duluth, MN.  Laura is working at American Lung Association as a project coordinator.  Matt is an English teacher at Marshall School in Duluth.
  • Naomi Wishart works for Child Protective Services for the State of Oregon.
  • Mike Wobschall works for the Minnesota Vikings as a writer for (I have also seen his work in the Vikings Game Day programs!)
  • Hallie Wunsch is a naturalist educator for Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN.
  • Nate Zilka is a bilingual case manager at Behavioral Interventions in San Francisco.


  • Erin Greenlee to Travis Young on July 7, 2007.
  • Katie Machowski to Erik Dinsmore ’05 on June 17, 2007.
  • Michelle Ohman to Brandon Bass on June 23, 2007.
  • Jennifer Rieke to Dustin Groehler on July 22, 2006.
  • Andy Timmer to Annie Rzepecki on June 10, 2006.

Here are a two pictures that classmates that have sent in of their weddings.




 Andrea Busch and Matt Lieser ’05, July 8, 2006              Hands of Erin Crimmins and Jon Grimsby

                                                                                                July 27, 2007 –note the rings!

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, 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