Class of 2006

April 2013

Greetings Class of 2006,

Spring is upon us, and a new class of Gusties will soon be receiving that priceless diploma we all received seven years ago. Do you remember that insanely hot day in May 2006? A stark contrast to the unseasonably wintry weather we have been having in recent weeks.

As we sit here today, Winter Storm Walda is slowly encroaching on the State of Minnesota, threatening to drop a foot of snow in mid-April. Still, summer is just around the corner, and we, as class officers, are in the midst of planning a mid-summer get-together for our class. This is not an official reunion, but rather an informal gathering where we all, as classmates, can gather and hang out. Look for more details on time and location of our summer gathering in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, we hope you’ll consider giving to the Gustavus Annual Fund as a member of the class of 2006. Giving the gift of Gustavus is as important as ever, and you can now easily donate online at:

As our class has moved throughout the region and the nation, a number of our classmates have some exciting news to report. From marriages to graduate degrees, new jobs, and births, these letters give us all the opportunity to share our life’s milestones with the Class of 2006. Below is some news we have received from you all in recent months. To submit your class news, email us at: or submit your news online at

We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you at our upcoming summer gathering. Go Gusties!

Thanks for reading Class of 2006! Have a great spring!


Matt Swenson, President
Anders Eckman, Vice President/Reunion Chair
Logan Martin, Communications Chair
Hannah Johnson, New Student Recruitment Chair

Class News

Allison Wood Lundquist married Lance Lundquist on October 20, 2012.

Erik Mestnik married Kathryn Heim, September 22, 2012.

Jon and Erin (Crimmins) Grimsby gave birth to a girl, Aubryn Grimsby.

Ellen Johnson and her husband Mark Johnson are the proud new parents of a beaming baby girl. Lauren Johnson was born on February 21, 2013.

Carrie Joines married Philip Jenkins on November 17, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ.

Samantha Engh Chadwick and Matt Chadwick announce the birth of their daughter Evey Josephine Chadwick on December 5.

Josh Siebell started graduate school at North Park University in Chicago for a degree in Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.

Heather Luth Meyen’s husband Jesse Meyen ’04 was on Wheel of Fortune in November.

Heidi Newbauer worked as an editor after graduation and then received a master’s in arts with a concentration in Holocaust memoirs, from Mankato State, in 2010. She is currently a part-time English instructor at South Central College.

Rebecka Arbin graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the summer of 2012 with her master’s in urban and regional planning. She accepted a job as a course content developer with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center’s Urban Resilience Lab in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Alli Stocco began an MFA program in textile design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, RI.

Kate Neely Meadows just published her first two books and is now living in California. Her books include Tough Love: A Wyoming Childhood and Bucky’s: Stories and Recollections from Fifty Years in Business. Kate and her husband Bryan also gave birth to their second child Elijah Owen on July 25, 2012.

Kelly Hobson Jarisch works for Facebook on the Global Marketing Solutions team. She recently married Colton Tade Jarisch on April 13, 2012.

Karin Hedstrom Hogen is a language arts teacher at 916 Mahtomedi Academy in White Bear Lake, MN teaching 9-12 grade language arts.

Dan Hassumani is pursuing a Ph.D. program at Portland State University. His research location has been McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Lindsey Beyer Tollefson is the director of web marketing at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Jamie Germscheid has begun a job as sales agronomist at AGRO Resources - 21st Century AG in Mapleton, MN.

Logan Martin recently appeared in the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival in the show titled “TROY! A Musical.”

Stefanie Arndt Sumner is employed at the University of Minnesota, Duluth as an athletic trainer.

Amy Janssen is an adult basic education/GED coordinator at Focus Points Family Resource Center in Denver, CO.

Deanna Leverson is employed with Kellogg Company.

Matt Swenson left his position as director of communications at the Minnesota Department of Commerce for a new position as communications advisor to Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon.

Adam Langenfeld completed his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on July 12, 2012. He is enrolled in the MD/Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois and will now be focusing on obtaining his medical degree.

Erik and Kyra (Kingsley) Severson recently became new parents to a baby boy, Camden Severson.

Natosha Christoffer Boline and Ben Boline ’05 are the proud new parents of a new baby girl, Olivia Boline.

Karen Grimm Dressler and Dave Dressler ’05 are the proud new parents of a beautiful baby girl, Greta Renae Dressler. She was born on December 23, 2012.

Notable Gustavus Events

Thursday, May 2, 2013 |Gustavus Networking Event| Minneapolis Club, Downtown Minneapolis | 5:30pm-7:30pm | Cost: $15 | RSVP Required

Friday, May 3, 2013 |Gustavus Alumni Curling Event| St. Paul | 6:00pm-9:00pm | Cost: $25-50 |Registration

Wednesday, June 5, 2013 |St. Cloud Chapter Event| 6:00pm-8:30pm | Cost: $20 |Registration

Thursday, June 6, 2013 |Willmar Chapter Event| 6:00pm-8:30pm | Cost: $20 |Registration

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 |Gustavus Young Alumni Happy Hour| Tryg’s, Minneapolis | 5:30pm-8:00pm | Cost: Free | Facebook Event | Registration

Sunday, June 23, 2013 |Summer in the Cities: Gustavus Athletics Event| Target Field | 4:30pm-8:00pm | Cost: $15 |Registration

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | Summer in the Cities: Gustavus Arts Event | American Swedish Institute | 5:30pm-8:00pm | Cost: $15 |Registration

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 | Duluth Chapter Event | 6:00pm-8:30pm | Cost: $20 |Registration

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | Grand Rapids Chapter Event | 6:00pm-8:30pm | Cost: $20 |Registration

Thursday, July 18, 2013 | Sioux Falls Chapter Event | 6:00-8:30pm | Cost: $20 |Registration

Sunday, July 28, 2013 | Denver Summer Picnic | 12:00pm-2:00pm | Cost: Free |RSVP Requested

Monday, August 19, 2013 |Rochester Chapter Event| 6:00pm-8:30pm | Cost: $20 |Registration

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 |Mankato Summer Picnic| 5:30pm-8:30pm | Cost: Free |RSVP Requested