Class of 2008
April 2009

Class Agents:  Donald Bechtle, Adam Eckhardt, Erin Larson, John Michaletz and Katelyn Nelson

Dear Fellow Classmates,

Happy New Year Folks!  You might be saying to yourself, “Donny, that phrase seems a bit ridiculous, considering that it is already spring.”  I agree with you!  But seeing as though this is our class’s first newsletter of 2009, just go with it.  I hope that 2009 has started out positively for each of you.  As you read the updates below, it is evident that since we graduated from this institution last June (how could anyone forget the 2000 degree heat on that field―woof!) that this past year was a great year for many of our classmates.  Some of us got hitched or engaged, earned new positions at work or enrolled or completed a year in graduate school.  I hope that 2009 continues to be a year of success and filled with new and memorable experiences for us all.

Much like we relied on the generous support of those who came before us, future classes of Gusties still need our help.  Many of us, myself included, would never have had the chance to go to Gustavus had it not been for the Gusties who graciously gave the gift of Gustavus every year to the Annual Fund.

We hope you’ll continue that strong tradition of giving back by making a gift to Gustavus this year and continuing to do so in the years to come.  One, fifty, or one hundred dollars, it doesn’t matter what you give.  Your donation will provide funding for scholarships, student resources, competitive salaries for a strong faculty and more.

Giving to Gustavus is easy.  Just do one of the following:

  • Give online at: (it only takes 30 seconds).
  • Pledge a gift when a current student calls you at home.
  • Set up a direct deposit gift on your paycheck at work (ask your human resources department how to do this, it’s really easy).

We hope you’ll give the gift of Gustavus this year, but most importantly, we hope you’ll just stay in touch.  Take a moment to update us with any news, announcements, or exciting developments in your life by going online to:

Or, email us your news at:  Your announcements will be listed in our bi-annual class letters and the Gustavus Quarterly.  We look forward to hearing from you, and hearing about what you’re up to.

Take care and God bless,

Donald Bechtle

2008 Co-class Agent



  • Chad Anderson is an actor at the Chanhassan Dinner Theater in Chanhassen, MN.
  • Andrea Astrup is working for Wayzata Park Nicollet for Rehabilitation Care Tech.
  • Grayce Backstrom is working for Fishman’s Kosher Deli.
  • JT Boelter is a law school student at William Mitchell.
  • Tom Butala is working for Northern Tool and Equipment as a copy writer.
  • Jacob Brown is working for Wells Fargo.
  • Kevin Broich is a student at the University of Minnesota.
  • Jon Carlson is working at Perkins.
  • Shanna Dawson is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for school counseling and school psychology.
  • Arie DeGrio is a pharmacy technician at Walgreens.
  • Jonathan Dexter is a translation engineer at Meryl Brink.
  • Meg Dorer is working for Washburn Center for Children.
  • Dani Gergen is an autopsy assistant at Minnesota Regional Medical Examiners Office.
  • Trystan Hansen is a fitness coordinator at Charter House.
  • Cassandra Henke Delaitsch is a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in the spine unit.
  • Vanessa Henke is a Radiologic Technologist at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging.
  • Whitney Hohman is working for Lutheran Volunteer Corps.
  • Alex Horton is a media coordinator for N.C.S.A.
  • Ashley Houston is an economic advising assistant for Capella University.
  • Caity Hughes is a student at Leslie University studying International Studies Services.
  • Jenna Iaizzo is a clinical studies support coordinator at Medtronic.
  • Kyle Johnson is a case manager for Lutheran Social Services.
  • Lisa Johnson is a nurse at Fairview Southdale for orthopedics and neurology.
  • Mike Johnson is a staff accountant for LarsonAllen.
  • Nick Jost is in the Peace Corps.
  • Hayden Kane is a security officer at Broadmoor Hotel.
  • Scott Kempenich is a financial advisor for Perham Memorial Hospital.
  • Phil King is a manager at Sherwin Williams.
  • Matt Koller is an underwriter for Wells Fargo.
  • Amy Kunkel is participating in an internship at Disney World.
  • Kari Maffitt is a line therapist for Wisconsin Early Autism Project.
  • Steven Magee is working at G & K Services.
  • Julie Mahre is a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
  • Linnea Martinson works for Advantage Sales & Marketing.
  • Rose McDonough works at the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
  • Tim McDougall is a software engineer for Open Systems International.
  • Katelyn Nelson is an events and marketing operations coordinator at the Mall of America.
  • Krista Nelson is a sales associate at Eco-Tique.
  • Kyle Nelson is in Recovery/As Is department at Ikea.
  • Katie Patterson is working for Americorp in Sacremento, CA.
  • Jonathan Peasley is a disability claims specialist for Sedgwick CMS.
  • Britta Peterson works for GRAT Theater, Edina High School, Chaska High School and is an independent choreographer.
  • Nissa Hannemann Peterson is a technical writer for Upsher-Smith.
  • Taren Reker is a Graduate Student at Iowa State University.
  • Erin Sandberg is working for International Education of Students in Chicago, IL.
  • Meghann Scott is working for the Occasions Group as a marketing specialist in Mankato, MN.
  • Stacy Sheldon is an analyst for Northwest Airlines.
  • Britta Sundeen is a historical interpreter for Mill City Museum.
  • John Tonolli is a veteran services representative for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Amanda Tso is a territory sales manager for Phillip Morris.
  • Jack Underwood is a middle school teacher in New York, NY.
  • Emily Wang is working at Jefferson Elementary.
  • Valerie Wilbur is a legal assistant at Thomas B. Schway Law Office and a law school student at William Mitchell.
  • Jonah Winter works for Morrie’s Automotive Group.


  • Britney Krusemark and Chris Ward were married June 21, 2008.
  • Sarah Frodl and John Crosbie were married July 26, 2008.
  • Phil King and Meg Chida ’07 were married on August 9, 2008.
  • Alison Chorley and Michael Wobschall ’06 were married August 23, 2008
  • Nissa Hannemann and Tim Peterson were married August 23, 2008
  • Jennifer Paulsen and Luke Audette were married August 23, 2008
  • Ann Vermeersch and Melissa Vermeersch were married August, 23, 2008
  • Katie Bruns and Thomas Linden were married on October 18, 2008
  • Jared Sieling and Erin Salonek were married on December 28, 2008
  • Alicia Blomquist and Ben Hilding ’09 were marred on January 3, 2009.


  • Kris Browder has a new baby; Liam was born on December 19, 2008.

wedding picture

Ali Chorley Wobschall sent in this picture taken at her and Mike Wobschall’s ’06 wedding on August 23, 2008.  Pictured from L to R:  Clint Riegelman ’06, Jon Astry ’06, Colby Swanson, Adam Chorley, Jeff Aasness ’06, Tyler “Chorley” Aasness ’05, Sam Conway, Marcus Wobschall, Ali Chorley Wobschall, Mike Wobschall ’06, Tricia Wobschall ’09, Kristin Mummert ’09, Dana Friedline, Sheila Eastman, Ross Elenkiwich ’09, Matt Rohde ’01, Shane Jensen ’10, Eric Engstrom, Max Eastman

Campus News

Update on Commission Gustavus 150

Recently posted to the Commission website is a summary of the common issues and “big ideas” discussed at the first nine National Summit meetings regarding the College’s five core values (Excellence, Faith, Justice, Service, and Community).  The participants were asked how the College might ensure that the core values would be lived out in the lives of alumni, faculty, staff, and students.  The summary is being shared with all members of the eight task forces of Commission Gustavus 150.  The common issues and big ideas will help shape the recommendations made by the Task Forces to the Gustavus Board of Trustees and ultimately form the basis for the College’s long-range strategic plan.

Congratulations to the Gustavus Adolphus College Forensics Team, which won its second straight Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 22.  Gustavus finished with 446 points to beat out Minnesota State University, Mankato (408 points) and Concordia College, Moorhead (213 points).  Gustavus placed first in 6 of 13 events and placed four individuals in the top seven of the individual sweepstakes standings.

Hockey Finals

The men’s hockey team made its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship game at Herb Brooks Ice Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday, March 21.  They lost a great game to Neumann College, 4-1.  The women’s hockey team lost 2-1 to UW-River Falls in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Join us for a cup of coffee, breakfast, and great conversation.  Our featured presenter for May will be Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor for economics and management.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, Wednesday, May 20, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at 763-533-9083.

MayDay!  Peace Conference

“Tiananmen + 20 Years” is the topic of Gustavus Adolphus College’s 29th annual MAYDAY! Peace Conference to be held Wednesday, April 29, 2009 on the college campus.


royal affair