Class of 2010
November 2010

Greetings, Class of 2010!

Well, the colors are changing and the leaves are falling all around…and the recent windy weather in the Midwest is reminiscent of MANY a breezy day on the hill.  It’s about that time to turn on the heat, make some warm tea or cocoa, and pull out your Gustavus sweatshirts and sweatpants again.  I know I’m usually a walking billboard when I’m around the house, and I bet I’m not the only one…

I hope this letter finds you all healthy and happy wherever you may be at the start of the fall holiday season.  Whether you spent Halloween handing out candy to kids in your neighborhood or eating it all yourself while watching scary movies in the dark, the first holiday is down and the next few are right around the corner.  Now comes the time to decide on a picture for any holiday greeting cards, relay any special requests for those nice holiday meals, and finalize any travel plans that may be in the works.  Personally, the only travel plans I have for Thanksgiving include traveling to the kitchen for food, and then traveling downstairs to the couch for that wonderful thing I like to call the “turkey coma.”

Also, remember to get your flu shots (if you normally do this time of year).  I was a bit sad that instead of simply getting up from lunch, walking about 100 feet and standing in line to get my flu shot, I actually had to drive across town to a clinic to get it taken care of… I didn’t even get a snack afterwards…

While I have been missing life on the hill and all of the wonderful events that come around this time of year like Nobel and LineUs shows, just to name a couple, I’ve also been able to hear some of the wonderful things that are happening with all of you, which is extremely exciting.  Additionally, I’ve already had the pleasure of visiting campus a few times (I saw some of you during Homecoming−if you hadn’t heard, we lost to St. Olaf by one point… so close!).  It has been nice to see some old friends and professors, as well as saying hello to a favored organization or two, and I can’t help but to smile when I see this year’s seniors in action as they run events, put on programs, and completely fill downtown St. Peter.  It seems we were just there, and now they’re having their turn.  I just hope they have as much fun as we all did!


Speaking of the wonderful things that are happening with you and your fellow classmates, here’s a quick update!

Cole Carlson and Mary Cunningham were married at Gustavus on June 26th and have since relocated to Boulder, CO.

Bill Klein is living in Bloomington, MN, and is working for UnitedHealth Group.

Rochelle Molitor is attending medical school at Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN.

Kayla Nelson is attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul and studying for her master’s degree of divinity for ordination.  Kayla is also working as a youth director at a church in Coon Rapids.

Annie Opseth is living Colombia, SC, and is studying at the University of South Carolina’s marine science program.  Her research is in the field of geochemistry.

Scott Simpkins and Pauli Jackson were married at Gustavus in August, and are currently both working at the University of Minnesota as technicians.

Megan Thompson is living in St. Paul, and is currently working for the University of Minnesota Veterinary School.  Megan hopes to attend veterinary school next fall.

Once again, I hope everything is going well for all of you.  Enjoy your upcoming holiday seasons, and make sure to let your class agent(s) know what you’ve been up to.  Keep checking Gustavus’ alumni page for any news or updates (for example, Christmas in Christ Chapel tickets are now being sold, hurry up and order yours!) and keep on the lookout for a fun class event coming up in the Twin Cities!

Until next time,

Matt Schueffner

2010 Co-Class Agent


Alumni Art Show

Over 60 alumni will participate in an Alumni Art Show in the Hillstrom Museum, November 22 through the end of the semester.  A reception will take place on Monday, November 22, 7 p.m.  This will be the first alumni art showing in the Hillstrom Museum.

Arboretum Fall Warmer

The arboretum is hosting a lunch/speaker event at its Fall Warmer on Sunday, November 7, 2010.  The speaker, Mr. Christian Gilbert ʼ98, is an 8th grade geography educator as well as being an avid mountain climber.  He is co-founder of “Go4theSummit”an online learning environment geared to serve learners of all ages in order to provide a deeper understanding of world places and culture.  Mr. Gilbert has climbed Mt. Aconcagua (South America, 2008), Mt. Kilimanjaro ((Africa, 2009) and Mt. Elbrus (Russia, 2010).  His next destination is Mt. Kosciuszko in Australia.  Tickets are $10 members and $12 non-members.  Register by November 2 at or call 507/933-6181.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfast

Once a month, Gusties gather for coffee, breakfast, and great conversation along with a campus speaker.  All Gusties are welcomed and invited to the breakfast, third Wednesday of the month, 8-9:30 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard.  Cost is $10 at the door.  Upcoming breakfasts include: Jeff Stocco, dean of students, on Nov. 17; Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Christmas in Christ Chapel Tickets

Tickets for Christmas in Christ Chapel 2010, “A Renaissance Nativity,” are available online.  Service dates are Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $17.50 each and available online via credit card at:  If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets are available by calling the Office of Marketing and Communication at 507-933-7520.