Class of 2006
January 2011


Dig out that GAC sweatshirt, dust off your Spring Banquet 2005 mug, and prepare to talk to your crush from your freshman year macroeconomics class.  Why?  Because in less than nine short months, on Saturday, October 1, 2011, the Gustavus Adolphus Class of 2006 will host its five year reunion in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.

The reunion is still a ways away and the details have yet to be nailed down, but I wanted to raise this to your attention for a few reasons:  1) So you can “save the date;” 2) So those of you who will have to travel to attend−like me−can plan ahead; and 3) Because we need volunteers to help plan the reunion.  If you are interested in helping or if you have any suggestions for activities please e-mail one of your class agents today.  There will be more reunion information to come.

In other news, Gustavus received a $253,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to update its physics laboratories, the Gustavus Choir is touring Italy this month, and U.S. News and World Report moved our school up in the rankings to the 79th best liberal arts college− Washington Monthly puts us at 56.  That’s good news!

How about you?  Do you have any news?  If you do, please share what you’re up to with our class by submitting what’s new to the Alumni Office:  ( or by e-mail to:

I wish you all of my best this winter.

Yours truly,

Matt Forbes

2006 Co-class Agent

And the rest of your class agents:

Katie “Parks” Cochran

Anders Eckman

Mollie Peterson Dvorak

Jess Olson

Matt Swenson

Class Updates

  • Tara Brown married Jason McCabe August 7, 2010.
  • Autumn Capelle is an associate attorney at Brown and Carlson, P.A.
  • Jonathan D. Carlson completed a master of science degree in forest ecology and management from Michigan Technological University in December 2009.  Currently is starting an mater’s program in library and information studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Ben ʼ05 and Natosha (Christoffer) Boline had a baby girl.  Brynlee Kay Boline was born April 22, 2010.
  • Anders Eckman is a staffing executive at Robert Half International.
  • Nick Green was promoted to creative director at Sundog, North Dakota’s preeminent interactive ad agency.
  • Krysta Huseby graduated from University of Minnesota Medical School and now is a pediatric resident at the University of Arizona.
  • Jeffrey and Alisha (Hussong) Galle had a baby girl May 8, 2010.
  • Michelle Linbo married Andrew Bouquet October 3, 2009.
  • Seyward Mattson married Justin Ask on May 22, 2010.  Seyward graduated from Luther Seminary in May 2010 with a master’s in divinity, and currently serves as an associate pastor in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Zach Mitchell and Blythe Bittman married on July 31, 2010.  Zach is in his last year of chiropractic school at Northwestern Health Sciences.  Blythe graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences and is now a licensed massage therapist.
  • Rebecca Nolan is the store operations business process consultant for Target Corporation.
  • Katie Parks got married August 8, 2009 to Erik Cochran and they are living in Eden Prairie.
  • Mollie Peterson got married to Dave Dvorak on January 30, 2010.  She graduated from Luther Seminary in May of 2010 with a master’s in divinity.  They are currently living in Roseville.
  • Abby Randall and Broghan Reilly ʼ07 married on June 20, 2009 and welcomed their son, Keller Resop, August 23, 2009.  They are currently living in Eau Claire, WI.

Class Appeal

Included in your letter is a Reunion giving card −we hope you will be able to share a little something with Gustavus this year as we go into celebrating our five year reunion.  Every little bit helps−here’s a cool statistic to remember:

If every Gustavus alumnus supported the Annual Fund with just $25, the College could support student needs with over $620,000.  Alumni participation DOES make a difference.  Thank you for being a part of it.

Campus News

Dr. Bernard LaFayette to speak in Chapel on MLK Day – January 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 17, with a public lecture by civil rights movement activist Bernard LaFayette Jr. and a performance of African America by Minneapolis’s Mixed Blood Theatre.  LaFayette will give the College’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Lecture in Christ Chapel as part of the College’s daily chapel service at 10 a.m.  A question-and-answer session will follow LaFayette’s presentation at approximately 11 a.m. LaFayette co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 and played a leadership role in several key Civil Rights Movement events in the early 1960s, including the Nashville sit-ins in 1960, the Freedom Rides in 1961, and the Selma, Alabama, voting rights movement in 1965.

Call for Distinguished Alumni Citation Nominees

Each year the Gustavus Alumni Association presents Distinguished Alumni Citations.  The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.  Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs.  While the citation is a professional award, humanitarian achievements may also be weighed.  Nominees are now being accepted by the Alumni Board of Directors; please e-mail a resume or curriculum vitae to Randall Stuckey ’83, director of alumni relations, at .  For a complete list of past recipients, view the awards website .

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir will embark on a tour of Italy this month.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, will travel to and sing at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students are learning about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.  Joining the Gustavus Choir will be a companion tour of 15 Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends.

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour

  • Under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota and Wisconsin between the January Interim and Spring Semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public.
  • Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. – Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd
  • Sunday, Jan 30, 3 p.m. – Central High School Auditorium, Duluth
  • Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Wausau East High School, Wasuau, WI
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. – Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton, WI
  • Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. – Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Hartford, WI
  • Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, WI
  • Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna

The tour will wrap up with a home concert on Saturday, Feb. 12. at 2 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts. New this month: breakfasts in both Minneapolis and St. Peter!  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Speakers at the Minneapolis venue are Brett Petersen, men’s hockey coach, and Mike Carroll, women’s hockey coach.  The event is Wednesday Jan. 19, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter speaker for January is Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.  The breakfast is Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include Thomas Crady, vice president for enrollment management, in February; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Seattle – January 27
  • Tucson – February 8
  • Phoenix – February 10
  • Denver – February 11
  • Boston – March 2
  • New York – March 4
  • Washington, DC – March 5
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 2