Class of 2010
December 2010

Hello Class of 2010,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and food.  It is hard to believe how quickly December came, but it does mean it is time for many of my favorites for this time of year:  listening to Christmas music, watching Christmas movies, Christmas lights, eating Christmas cookies and shopping for friends and family.

This holiday season, as you are putting together your Christmas shopping list and starting to buy for those closest to you, don’t forget about the hill where you spent the last four years of your life.  Gustavus gave us so many opportunities while we were there and, although we have graduated, Gustavus is continuing to open doors that will lead us down our life’s path.  A great way to show how much Gustavus means to you is to give a gift back to Gustavus this holiday season.  It is not the size of the gift that matters.  A gift of $5 or $10 allows current and future Gusties to have the same wonderful opportunities and experiences we shared during our time at Gustavus.  Say “thank you” to Gustavus and give your gift today.

Speaking of Gustie experiences, a special thank you to those that joined us at our class gathering at Williams in Uptown in November.  It was fun seeing and catching up with everyone!  Make sure to join the Class of 2010 Facebook group and keep an eye out for updates on our next class gathering.  For those of you not able to attend and catch up, here is an update on what the Class of 2010 has been up to:

  • Bria Aamot is teaching 1st and 2nd graders at Orono Public School.
  • Brad Abell is a graduate student at Purdue University.
  • Adam Bren is living in Eden Prairie and working as a sales representative for IDGI.
  • Andrea Brown is a behavioral therapist at LOVAAS and is living in Lauderdale.
  • Josh Busacker is volunteering with the ELCAs Young Adults in the Global Mission Program in South Africa for a year.  He is living and serving in a rural Zulu village.
  • Cole Carlson is in the mechanical engineering graduate program at University of Colorado.
  • Drew Corbett started graduate school in the materials science program at University of Minnesota this fall.
  • Carleen Crouse is the gala event intern at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul and the Program Services Intern at the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Minneapolis.
  • Jaimie Farel is working at Mednet as a marketing specialist.
  • Amanda Fisher is working at CIGNA Behavioral Health in Eden Prairie as a provider advocate.
  • Jennifer Forrest is an information technology consultant at CGI Federal in Lebanon, Virginia.  She has also completed training to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and is volunteering at the local library.
  • Kevin Geurink is working at Kerry Food Ingredients as an assistant quality manager.
  • Kelsey Hausladen is a student at University of Minnesota.
  • Joel Howard is a software engineering intern at PaR Systems.  He will be going for his master’s in software engineering at the University of Minnesota starting in the fall of 2011.
  • Kyle Hulbert is working for 3M.
  • C. J. Hunt is living in St. Louis Park and is a full time tutor with the City of Lakes AmeriCorps.
  • Rachel Iblings took a trip this summer to California with her boyfriend.  She started work this fall at Grant Thornton in Minneapolis as a tax associate.
  • Lisa Julin is a graduate student at St. Mary’s University.
  • Rachel Anderson Kamrath is a special education paraprofessional at New Century Charter School.
  • Sarah Kappel is serving in the Peace Corps.
  • Matthew Knutson is living in St. Peter and working at Cambria as a regional account representative for the western half of the United States.
  • Chelsea Koepsell is a medical student at the University of South Dakota.
  • Stefan Kolis is serving with AmeriCorps.
  • Barry Koppen is working at Jenny O Turkey Store as an area supervisor.
  • Mark Koten is a graduate student in the materials science engineering department at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.
  • Marlene Kvitrud is graduate student at the University of Illinois.
  • Ryan Lee is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota.
  • Christina Lewis will be starting in the medical physics graduate program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in the fall 2011.
  • Alex Messenger is working at National Camera Exchange.
  • Jamie Mitchell is teaching at Primrose School.
  • Colin Rust and Jaclyn Fermanich were engaged on October 29.  Colin is working as an athletic trainer at Shakopee and Jordan High Schools.  He will be starting physical therapy school at the University of Minnesota in July 2011.
  • Kerry Schanno is working as an audit associate at BHZ in Eden Prairie.
  • Andrea Stevens and Marcus Traetow will be getting married on August 6, 2011 and have just purchased their first home in Lakeville.  Andrea is a 6th grade teacher at Vista View Elementary in Burnsville.
  • Matt Wood will be going to the Peace Corps in May.

Career Center update:

Thank you to those who have provided information to the Career Center about what you are doing after graduation.  As we know things change, the Career Center invites you to participate in a follow-up survey on your post-graduation life.  This survey provides important information for statistics on job placement rates and graduate programs attended and helps offices such as Admissions, the Career Center, Alumni Office, and Institutional Advancement to name a few.  We appreciate your response to the survey.  Please know that we will not be using your individual data−only the class data as a whole.  Any questions about the survey can be directed to the Career Center by e-mail ( or by phone (507.933.7586).  The link to the survey is here:

If you would like information on how the Career Center can assist you with your search for career opportunities, please email:

I wish you the best this holiday season.  May your time and hearts be filled with the love of family and friends.

With Gustie Pride,

Mariah Bierl

2010 Co-Class Agent

Campus News

“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:  Neal Hagberg ’81 and Leandra Peak ’83, musicians, on Dec. 15; and the winter sports coaches on Jan. 19.

Chapter Gatherings

This year and next, President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

  • Palm Springs – January 7
  • Los Angeles – January 8
  • San Francisco – January 9
  • Seattle – January 27
  • Tucson – February 8
  • Phoenix – February 10
  • Denver – February 11
  • Boston – March 2
  • New York – March 4
  • Washington, DC – March 5
  • Jacksonville, FL – March 26
  • Orlando – March 28
  • Tampa – March 29
  • Naples – March 30
  • Chicago – April 29