Class of 2006
March 2010

Dear Class of 2006,

Well, it’s a new decade and the procrastination train finally caught up to us.  Every time I start a class letter I wonder, didn’t I just write one?  Nope, folks, it’s been two years.  Count ’em. Hoping this letter finds you well.  Here’s just a short list of items to bring to your attention:

Reunion Planning

Our five-year reunion will take place Homecoming Weekend, 2011.  This coming fall at our on-campus class agent meeting we will begin the process of planning and could use your help!  We’ll be brainstorming ideas and hope to assemble a committee.  We welcome anyone who is interested in joining us.  If you have any ideas or suggestions for reunion weekend, please let us know─we want your input.  Also, if you’re interested in helping with reunion planning, contact the Alumni Office ( or one of the Class Agents directly.

Gustavus Video on YouTube

We wanted to let you know about a new video on YouTube, “Make Your Life Count.”  Check it out at, and pass it along to friends, family and neighbors.  The video is a part of the new branding initiative at Gustavus.

Networking Event April 15

The Gustavus Alumni Association is excited to offer a new event to Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends:  Be Connected to Effective Networking.  You know you need to network.  You have to build relationships to find your next opportunity, or to build your business, or to land new prospects and clients.  But you’re just not doing it, or at least you’re not doing it as much or as well as you need to be.  Maybe you don’t know how, or maybe the thought of doing it makes you uncomfortable.  Maybe you just don’t know what to say.  Join us on Thursday, April 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Normandale Lutheran Church for this networking seminar.  Cost is just $15 for alumni, parents, and friends; and $5 for current Gustavus students (regular cost is $35).  Register online now at  Contact the Office of Alumni Relations for more information at or 800-487-8437.

Anders Eckman

2006 Co-class Agent

Along with your other class agents:

Matt Forbes

Jessica Olson

Katie Parks

Mollie Peterson

Matt Swenson

Class News

  • Chris Anderson is the Nevada finance director for U.S. Senator Harry Reid.
  • Dan Treiman is co-founder of
  • Nick Kroshus is an associate of Huron Consulting Group.
  • Josh Boertje is assistant manager of Hollister at Maplewood Mall.
  • Anna Shallue is a teacher at Park Center Senior High School in Cottage Grove.
  • Shannon Schultze earned a master’s degree in music, cello performance, from Illinois State University.
  • Rose Bauman is a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.
  • Danielle Wright Schirm is a graduate student at Rocky Vista School.
  • Nate Fieweger is a student at Lewis and Clark Law School.
  • Trista Munk Schultz works at MC Fitness.
  • Amy Huble is a nurse at Children’s Hospital.
  • Tim Opheim works for the Crosby Police Department.
  • Joe Cupka is a field director for Tarryl Clark for Congress.
  • Nick Green is an online art director at Sundog in Fargo.
  • Kelli Groff is a girls’ golf coach at Chanhassen High School.
  • Lindsey Beyer Tollefson works for Lime Valley Advertising.
  • Brian Goldner earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
  • Logan Martin earned a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University.
  • Sarah Schmidt Cramblit has been licensed by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy as a new CPA.
  • Drew Wisner is a mortgage consultant for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Minneapolis.
  • Nick Palmer works as a debt loan acquisition analyst for National Loan Acquisition Company.
  • Joshua Siebell is working in Chicago at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a neuro/spine ICU while attending graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago pursuing a master’s in adult/geriatric nurse practitioner.
  • Sarah Hawkins is an apprentice at Commonweal Theatre Apprentice Company.
  • Erin Schliep earned a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University.
  • Liz Engel is a graduate student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy.
  • Michelle Linbo Boquet earned her master’s of medical science in physician assistant studies at Midwestern University in Chicago.
  • Mollie Peterson Dvorak is a senior at Luther Seminary and was assigned to the Minneapolis Synod for first call as a Lutheran pastor.
  • Autumn Capelle is an associate attorney at Brown & Carlson, P.A.
  • Matt Swenson earned his master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute, and will begin teaching an evening course in political science one night per week at Concordia University in St. Paul.
  • Javen Swanson graduated earned his master’s in divinity from Yale Divinity School in May 2009 and is now a master’s of theology student at Luther Seminary preparing for ordained ministry in the ELCA.
  • Jennifer Burke Grasso received a master’s degree in environmental management in December 2008 and was promoted to zoning administrator for Worcester County Government, Maryland.
  • Sara Gove began graduate school at DePaul University in Chicago in January.  She is pursuing her master’s in writing and publishing.
  • Todd Swingle is a professor of music theory at the University of Denver.
  • Briana Monson Miller graduated from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota with a master’s of education, October 2009.  She and her husband, Josh Miller, live in Mankato.  Briana is teaching her fourth year of kindergarten at Roosevelt Elementary.


  • Jennifer Burke Grasso married Mark Grasso
  • Javen Swanson married Oby Ballinger
  • Mollie Peterson married Dave Dvorak
  • Kristen Wilking married Adam Estrem
  • Trista Munk married Brett Schultz
  • Tracy Jaeger married Joshua Werner
  • Jonathan Hagedorn married Kelly Rozenboom ’08
  • Andrew “A.J.” Bouquet and Michelle Linbo are married
  • Marit Sviggum married Eric Lindquist
  • Dana Johnson married Robert Butkus
  • Tracy Jaeger married Joshua Werner
  • Gwendolyn Peterson married Andrew Blake
  • Logan Martin married Ashley Riles ’07
  • Ashley Cronen and Brady Rutman are married
  • Frederick Lewis married Rebecca Ketcher ‘07
  • Brian Goldner married Jennifer Koester
  • Mike Duffy and Sarah Tuel ’07 are married
  • Peter Hillman married Nicole Jacqueline Rentz
  • Lyndsey Palen married Nick Crossley ’02
  • Jillian Natwick Schmitz married Jeremy Schmitz
  • Anna Shallue married Andrew Olson
  • Jenny Harry married John Huerd
  • Casey Lyells married Nicole Blake ’08
  • Brittany Northagen married Kurtis VanKeulen
  • Drew Wisner married Sarah Miller
  • Kelsey Dumke married Geoffrey Mead
  • Nick Palmer married Katherine Swenson ’05
  • Erin Green married Dan Smith

wed wedding

Several Gusties made the trip to New Haven, CT to celebrate Javen Swanson’s wedding to Oby Ballinger last spring.  The names of those pictured appear below:


From left to right:  Johanna Johnson  ’05, Beth Zirbes, Dorea Ruggles, Callista Brown Isabelle ’00, Oby Ballinger, Javen Swanson, Andy Twiton ’08, Kari Lipke ’98, Scott Larson ’01, Brad Swanson ’73, Justin Haaheim ’06.

Here is another wedding photo that was sent in a while ago.  (Sorry we haven’t had a class letter in a while.)  This picture was taken at Michael Wobschall and Ali Chorley ’08 wedding in August 2008.


Campus News

Gustavus Announces Major Building Projects

At its Monday, Jan. 25 meeting, the Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move forward with three major building projects.  The College will erect a new 125,000 square foot academic building with a large 3-story atrium at the center providing natural light to many of the spaces.  It will qualify for a “gold LEED” qualification as a green building.  This will develop a mall extending west from its iconic Christ Chapel.  It will house the largest departments on campus (economics and management, psychology, and communications).  Also, plans are under way to renovate A. H. Anderson Social Science Building.  Construction timelines for the projects are not yet finalized, but the College expects to break ground on the new academic building late this spring.

The effort is a significant early implementation step of Commission Gustavus 150, an innovative, constituent-based strategic planning process that has engaged hundreds of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders over the past year.  “These projects will greatly enhance learning and teaching, student recruitment, and institutional advancement for many years to come,” said President Jack R. Ohle.

Alumnus, Kurt Elling ’89, Wins Grammy Award

Kurt Elling, a 1989 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, took home his first Grammy Award Sunday, Jan. 31 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Elling won the “Best Jazz Vocal Album” category for his album Dedicated to You: Kurt Elling Sings the Music of Coltrane and Hartman. This year marked the ninth time Elling was nominated for a Grammy.

Elling typically performs annually at Gustavus and did so most recently on Oct. 10, 2009 in Jussi Björling Recital Hall.  He has also had the distinct honor to perform in front of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their 350 guests at the White House State Dinner on Nov. 24, 2009.

Wind Orchestra Tour

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor Douglas Nimmo, has returned from a 15-day concert tour through Germany, Poland, the Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary and Austria.  The Choir of Christ Chapel will be traveling to the Phoenix/Tucson area this spring.  On April 15 they will be at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, April 16 at All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Phoenix, and on April 17 at Lord of Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson.  For other campus news please check the website at

Attend a Chapter Event Near You!

There will be Gustavus alumni chapter events in the following cities:  Seattle, March 19; San Francisco, March 20; Los Angeles, March 21; New Orleans, March 30; New York, April 22; and Boston, April 25.  President Ohle will be attending most of those events so we hope that you will make an attempt to attend and hear what he has to say.  He is providing outstanding leadership!

Health Insurance Available through Alumni Association

During this time of economic uncertainty, many of our alumni, new graduates, and their family members are in need of health insurance.  Short-term and permanent health insurance options are available through the alumni insurance program.  The program is typically promoted to new grads just before and after graduation, but in response to the rising unemployment rate and in an effort to help all of those in need, we’re spreading the word more broadly this year.  This is also perfect for children of alums who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus Adolphus College) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  For more information, individuals can contact the alumni office or contact the program manager directly or 800-635-7801.

New “Make Your Life Count” Website and Facebook Page

Gustavus has created a new “Make Your Life Count” website that includes a variety of feature stories exemplifying the College’s new brand position launched last month.  The stories celebrate Gustavus students, alumni, faculty, staff, programs, events, and organizations.  The website may be accessed from the Gustavus homepage by clicking on the “Make Your Life Count” brandline (in the upper right hand corner) or by visiting  The “Make Your Life Count” stories are also posted on a new Facebook page.  Become a fan and share your own Gustavus story.  When new feature stories are published, they will be communicated on the Gustavus News Twitter, and you may also subscribe (on the Make Your Life Count website) to receive e-mail updates.  To submit a “Make Your Life Count” story suggestion, click on the “Submit your story” link or e-mail the Gustavus Office of Marketing and Communication 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 speaker:  Amanda Nienow, assistant professor of chemistry will speak of her January term class “Chemistry & Crime:  Examination of CSI-type TV Shows & Real Life Forensic Science.”

Upcoming Events

  • Mar. 17 – Gustie Breakfast – Amanda Nienow, assistant professor of chemistry
  • Mar. 19 – Seattle Chapter Event – Bellevue Club
  • Mar. 20 – San Francisco Chapter Event
  • Mar. 21 – Los Angeles Chapter Event – Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Mar. 30 – New Orleans Chapter Event – Sheraton New Orleans Hotel