Class of 2007
January 2008

Class of 2007,

Happy New Year!  (I realize it’s a little late for that, but just go with it.)  I hope you all had wonderful holiday breaks and are now ready for 2008.  I know that many of us have had to get used to new schedules around Christmas and the New Year; I guess first-year employees don’t exactly get the most favorable hours.  As students, I guess we really had it good.

At this point, I’d guess nearly all of us know what we want to do with our lives.  We’ve had the chance to start new jobs and either realize that “this is where I belong” or “I don’t want to do this anymore; I can’t wait to find something else.”  Or maybe you’re still not sure.  One thing that is sure is that we are beginning to experience L.A.G. (or Life After Gustavus); a stage of life that is completely new.  We’ve all been dealing with a great deal of changes.  Positive or negative, our lifestyles are different than life on the hill.  As you all are adapting to these new schedules and lifestyles, I hope that you will always remember the last four years of this journey, bringing you to wherever you may be today.

To wrap this up, I revert to the above greeting; Happy New Year, and many more new years to come.  Remember your Black and Gold roots and please keep us updated so we can be sure to inform you of reunion-type events.  Take care and God bless!


Travis Michelson

2007 Co-class Agent

1801 Hansen Drive

Willmar, MN  56201

Class News

  • Brittany Aase, Burnsville, is a fitness and wellness specialist for AdvantageHealth
  • Chuck Anderson, Plymouth, works for the Veteran's Administration
  • Elizabeth Andres, Minneapolis, works at Downtown Dogs
  • Drew Arenson, Edina, is youth center coordinator for Mount Olivet Lutheran Church
  • Keri Asp, Minneapolis, is studying counseling psychology at the University of St. Thomas
  • Natasha Auer, Richfield, is studying counseling and psychological services, marriage and family therapy at St. Mary’s University
  • Courtney Bares, Woodbury, is a client solutions representative for Insight
  • Kelli Bertelsen, Deer River, teaches second grade at Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School
  • Erin Boese, Winona, is a graduate student at Winona State University
  • Mike Bohnett, Plymouth, works for Zimmer Davis Inc.
  • Laura Bolf, Duluth, is an instructor at Newfound Harbor Marine Institute
  • Paul J. Carlson, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan, is an English instructor for G Communications Japan
  • Courtney Caswell, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan, is an English instructor at G Communications Japan
  • Lisa Chmielewski, Forest Lake, is an operations manager for Oppenheimer
  • Tane Danger, Minneapolis, is head of communications for the Minnesota Statehood Sesquicentennial Commission
  • Ange DeWit, Plymouth, is a business analyst for Target
  • Joyce DeWitz is in New Zealand playing softball and will return to work at the DeWitz Farms
  • Scott Engel, Eden Prairie, is an analyst/broker for Benfield, Inc.
  • Brian Evans, Minneapolis, is an apprentice with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater
  • Mark Gonnella, Eagan, is a case manager for ProAct
  • Todd Goudy, Delano, teaches math at Dassel-Cokato High School
  • Jon Grau, Chaska, is an associate human resources representative for Emerson Process Management
  • Kallie Gray, Tacoma, WA, teaches fifth grade at Pioneer Valley Elementary School
  • Steve Gray, Minneapolis, is studying for a Ph.D. in European history at University of Minnesota
  • Nick Greve, Eden Prairie, is an audit associate for Boulay, Heutmaker, Zibell & Co. P.L.L.P.
  • Alex Groth, North Las Vegas, NV, is a financial associate for Thrivent
  • Emily Gunderson, St. Peter, is a team lead for Habilitative Services, Inc.
  • Travis Gunderson, Denver, CO, is studying for a doctor of physical therapy degree at Regis University
  • Jennifer Guptill, St. Paul, is a mental health assistant for Park Nicollet and is studying counseling and psychological services at St. Mary's University
  • Hailey Harren, Chicago, IL, is studying law at Loyola Law School
  • Melissa Hartung, St. Cloud, is an assistant groomer for PetSmart
  • Ryan Henry, Isanti, is a certified athletic trainer at Fairview North Branch Clinic
  • Karin Hodkinson, St. Louis Park, is a member advocate for Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Keisha Husby, Duluth, is a Title I math support at the Nettleton Magnet School
  • Rachelle Jakobs, Owatonna, teaches second grade in Owatonna
  • Molly Jordan, Falcon Heights, is a veterinary student at University of Minnesota
  • Heidi Kador, Somerville, MA, is a fund accountant for State Street Corporation
  • Laura Kojetin, Rosemount, is an RN on the ortho/surgical floor at United Hospital in St. Paul
  • Finn Kuusisto, Plymouth, is a computer software engineer for Open Systems International
  • Lisa Kvamme, Brooklyn Park, is substitute teaching in the Osseo School District and is a graduate student at Hamline University
  • Lindsay LaVoie, Plymouth, is a citizen assistance analyst for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Laura O'Neil Larsen, Cherokee, IA, is a pharmacy technician for HyVee Drugstore
  • Kalie Larson, Minneapolis, is a production assistant for Equinox Creative
  • Ben Levy, St. Louis Park, is working for a division of 3M
  • Jon Lien, Bloomington, is account operations specialist for General Mills
  • Kathryn  Lindstrand, Arlington, is an accounting supervisor for Cargill, Inc.
  • Laura Mardian, Sioux Falls, SD, is in insurance sales with Bankers Life & Casualty
  • Benjamin Martin is in the Peace Corps
  • John McMahon, Minnetonka, works for the city of Shorewood
  • T.J. McMillan, Tonka Bay, is a bulk bid trading analyst for GMAC ResCap
  • Travis Michelson, Willmar, is directing high school choirs and teaching AP music theory
  • Tanner Miest, Rochester, is attending Mayo Medical School in the MD/Ph.D. program
  • Alison Morley, St. Cloud, is studying sports management at St. Cloud State University
  • Emily Anderson Munson, Park Rapids, is a homemaker
  • Jesse Munson is office manager for WindoWorld Liquidators, LLC
  • Anne Osthus, Plymouth, is an RN at North Memorial
  • Jamie Pederson, St. Paul, is a marketing assistant for Ecolab
  • Claire Plank, Minneapolis, is involved in the Minnesota Sesquicentennial Fellows program, planning events, fundraising, and working with state and community leaders
  • Caitlin Revier, St. Louis Park, is patient services coordinator for MINCEP Epilepsy Care
  • Eric Risland, Rush City, is studying sports management at Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Taylor Rocheford, New York, NY, teaches sixth grade with Teach for America
  • Nick Schreiber, Eau Claire, WI, is a job coach at Reach Inc
  • Paul Shneider, Chanhassen, is an underwriter for American Family Insurance
  • Lisa Skarbakka, Lawrence, KS, is studying music therapy at Kansas University
  • Erik Smestad, St. Bonifacius, works for Dolche International
  • Alex Smith, Minneapolis, works for ShopNBC
  • Stacy Smith, Cottage Grove, is a psychiatric associate for Fairview Riverside Hospital
  • Nicole Soper-Gorden, Amherst, MA, is attending the University of Massachusetts
  • Missy Anderson Spitzack, St. Peter, teaches sixth grade at the New Ulm Public Schools
  • Kristine Straumann, Mendota Heights, is a campaign staffer for the Coleman for U.S. Senate Campaign
  • Ashley Takekawa, Eden Prairie, is a rehabilitation technician at Park Nicollet
  • Megan Tepper, Woodbury, is an account assistant for Novus Print Media
  • Becca Thompson, North Mankato, teaches art in the St. Peter elementary school
  • Erik Tone, St. Paul, is a rotational analyst for Lawson Software
  • Bridget Traut, Minneapolis, is a law student at University of St. Thomas
  • Jackie Watson, Concord, NH, is working with Youth Venture through Americorps VISTA
  • Nikki Williams, Brooklyn Center, is substitute teaching
  • Carrie Williamson, Minneapolis, works at the Ivy Hotel
  • Ben Wisness, Bloomington, is a chiropractic student at Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Tessa Carlsen Wolff, Austin, TX, is a recruiting specialist at Catapult Systems.


  • Emily Anderson and Jesse Munson, 8/11/07, Park Rapids, MN.
  • Taylor Beahrs and Ruthie Calvin, 6/30/07, Oak Park, IL.
  • Tessa Carlsen and Charlie Wolff, 8/25/07, Austin, TX.
  • Jennifer Flitter and Jimmy Pinter '05, 8/11/07, Bellevue, WA.
  • Jon Grau and Kristina Bristle, 6/23/07, Chaska, MN.
  • Ana Gronseth and Brandon Bartz, 10/6/07, Homer, AK.
  • Ryan Henry and Ashley Culbertson, 8/27/07, Isanti, MN.
  • Laura O'Neil and Jason Larsen, 6/23/07, Cherokee, IA.

Campus News

Forensics Team Continues Excellence

The Gustavus forensics team continues the tradition of excellence, with major team and individual wins this season.  Last season the team ranked in the top 20, which is impressive since 14 of the top 20 schools are “Division I” schools that have more funding and more coaching staff.  While many schools have several full-time forensics coaches, the Gustavus coach also is a full-time professor.  So a unique aspect of the Gustavus program is the team meets weekly for peer coaching, a technique the team has found to be very successful.

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.  Upcoming speakers:

February 20 – Hank Toutain, Dean of Students

March 19 – Mary Morton, Provost and vice President of Academic Affairs

April 16 – Cindy Johnson-Groh, Executive Director, Linneaus Arboretum

May 21 – Tim Kennedy, Sports Information Director

Gustavus Dancing With the Profs

Inspired by the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, a standing room only crowd of students, faculty, and St. Peter community members filled Alumni Hall on November 2 to watch Gustavus students and faculty/staff members swing dance to raise money for the St. Peter United Way.  The event, “Dancing with the Profs 2,” featured six teams of one Gustavus student and one faculty/staff member.  In preparation for the evening competition, the Gustavus Swing Club gave the teams dance lessons, while members of GAC-TV documented the learning to provide a video showcase on each couple.

Alumni Insurance Programs

The Alumni Association sponsors insurance products for alumni, spouses, children, and parents.  Products include life insurance, auto, home and renters insurance, and short-term medical insurance to fill temporary needs of new alumni without insurance after graduation and others who may have gaps due to unemployment.  For information about life and short-term medical insurance, call 800-635-7801.  For information about auto, home, and renters insurance, call:  800-524-9400, (800-328-0705, ext. 552 in the Greater Twin Cities area).

Gustavus Music Showcase

The three international touring music ensembles at Gustavus Adolphus College — The Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra —  will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  Tickets for the concert are on sale through the Orchestra Hall box office and may be purchased in-person, online at:, and via fax or phone at 612-371-5656.  Tickets are $22 for adults and $12 for children ages 6-18 and current Gustavus students with a valid I.D.

College Relations blog

Gustavus College Relations staff has introduced a new blog that will offer commentary and news on a variety of topics pertinent to the campus community as well as some photography, video, and audio content.  During the month of January the blog will feature the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra’s China tour and observations on several January Interim classes.  The new blog can be read at:

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast – February 20
  • Music Showcase – March 9
  • Breakfast with the Easter Bunny – March 8
  • For more information on alumni events, go to: