Class of 2006

September 2012

Greetings Class of 2006,

It is hard to believe, but it has been nearly one year since we all got together to celebrate our five-year reunion!  It was great seeing nearly 200 classmates at the reunion to catch up and reminisce about the good ol’ days at GAC.  Moving forward from the reunion, we as class officers have a number of exciting things to share with all of you.

New Class Officer Structure

Following the conclusion of our reunion year, several of our class agents chose to pass the torch to a new group of class leaders.  We owe our thanks to Katie Parks Cochran, Matt Forbes, Mollie Dvorak, and Jessica Olson for five years of committed service to our class.

Beginning this year, a new class officer structure was launched by the Gustavus Alumni Office.  Under this new structure, five individuals from our class have been asked to serve a five-year term.  Matt Swenson will serve as class president, Anders Eckman as vice president/reunion chair, Logan Martin as communication chair, and Hannah Johnson as recruitment chair.  We are currently seeking to fill the role of annual fund chair.  All interested parties should contact Matt Swenson via email at

Class Updates

As you can see, the “class updates” section of our letter is a bit lacking, so we encourage you all to submit updates about your career, family, and any interesting life stories.  Just imagine if Facebook didn’t exist, how would we know what’s going on with our classmates?  Please share your news!  The best way to share information is to visit the class of 2006 website at: or by emailing

Online Gribly - "Profiles"

It has been at least six years since the last time most of us went Grib shopping.  But a new online tool provided by the Gustavus Alumni Office has put the Grib online and made it accessible to all alumni.  A warning to all of our classmates:  if you don’t take the time to visit your personal Grib page, you will be stuck with your photo from freshman year forever.  But seriously, it is a really cool feature that allows alumni to connect with other Gusties, update the Gustavus community about your life and career, and generally get a better sense of what your classmates are up to.  Check it out at:

Give the Gift of Gustavus

Many thanks to the 69 members of the Class of 2006 who made a donation to Gustavus last year.  In total, our class donated nearly $5,300 to support current Gustavus students and the greater Gustavus community.  It was the generous support of alumni who came before us who made our Gustavus experience possible, and we encourage all our classmates to continue that tradition.

Giving to Gustavus is easy.  Visit the Annual Fund website at: to make an electronic donation.  Or, talk with your employer about setting up a direct deposit donation to be withdrawn from your paycheck.

As classes get underway at Gustavus this fall, we encourage all of our classmates to visit campus or attend a Gustavus event in the Twin Cities.  Find out where Gusties are gathering in the next several months on the Gustavus website at

Your Class Officers,

Matt Swenson, President

Anders Eckman, Vice President/Reunion Chair

Logan Martin, Communication Chair

Hannah Johnson, Recruitment Chair

Campus News

Alumni Career Exploration

Where Dreams Meet Reality: Alumni Networking and Transition” will be offered again with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Catherine Beyer Breet (  This program is designed for anyone who is unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed.  It takes participants through the process of naming gifts, talents, and passions and finding where to use them in the world.  This event is scheduled at St. Mary’s University this fall on Tuesdays Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 23, and Nov. 6, from 6–8 p.m.  This four-part classroom series includes full access to the Online Job Hunt Coaching System.  The series is being offered for $199 (Gustavus alumni $149).  Live outside the Twin Cities metro area?  The series will be offered in webinar format for $149 (Gustavus alumni $99).  Register at:

Nobel Conference – “Our Global Ocean”

October 2-3 – Nobel Conference 48 examines, “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  The conference will examine our oceans as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  We know less about our own oceans than we do about the surfaces of other planets hundreds of millions of miles away.  Top researchers in biogeochemistry, oceanography, deep-sea biology, molecular genetics, and coral ecology will discuss the most relevant topics concerning our mysterious oceans.  Tickets for this year’s Nobel Conference are available at:

The Royal Visit

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will visit Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.  The Royal Visit to Gustavus will be Friday, October 5, 2012.  For the full schedule of the day’s events, visit visit.  Many events require tickets.

Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has selected nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees include Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football), Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country), Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field), Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball), Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis), Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey), Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, following the Hall of Fame football game between the Gusties and Hamline University, which is set to take place at 1 p.m. at Hollingsworth Field.

Homecoming 2012

October 12-14 – Homecoming 2012 will include the Sesquicentennial Closing Dinner, reunions, a football game, a performance by The Bend of the River Big Band, and more.  For information on reunion registration and the entire homecoming schedule, visit

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

September 19 – President Ohle

October 17 – Nobel Conference

November 21 – Donald Ostrom

December 19 – Terry Morrow

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Tim and location details will be forthcoming

Nov. 8 – New York City

Nov. 10 – Boston

Nov. 10 – Dallas

Nov. 11 – Houston

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr. 11 – Atlanta