Class of 2010

February 2011

Dear Classmates,

During our four awesome years at Gustavus, Gustie pride was very important and very present.  Whether we were cheering on our hockey team, hanging out at Patrick’s, or simply walking down Eckman mall, it was awesome to belong to such a group!

I never realized, however, that this Gustie pride would continue to surround me after graduation.  Although I have moved miles and miles away from St. Peter, Gustavus spirit is still present.  My employer had positive experiences with Gusties in the past and mentioned this at my interview.  A former Gustie, part of the admissions committee, introduced herself to me personally when I applied to her graduate school because of our Gustie bond.  Gustavus is well known, well respected, and can create incredible bonds!

Class News

Let’s continue to strengthen that Gustie bond by catching up with what some of our classmates are up to!

Mara Berdahl is working as a citizen assistance analyst at the Minnesota Attorney General's Office.

Roxanna Brace has been substituting in the Twin Cities for Teachers On Call, and just accepted a full-time position teaching pre-schoolers in Chanhassen.

Allison Cooney is living in Ulsan, South Korea, where she is teaching English at Ujeong Elementary School.

Kelsey Cowdin is a customer accounts supervisor at Enzacta, USA and is living in Golden Valley, MN.

Vicky Hidalgo is working as an emergency department scribe at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, MN and plans to attend medical school in the near future.

Emma Iverson is attending graduate school in Chicago, IL for a master’s in child development from the Erikson Institute and a master’s in social work from Loyola University Chicago.

Daniel Jackson is working in the Twin Cities to launch Friends of Belenpampa, a nonprofit volunteer organization supporting a clinic and promoting health in Cusco, Peru.

Kady Johnson is working as an account specialist at GradStaff Inc. and is living in Minneapolis.

Lisa Julin is working as an early childhood special education paraprofessional and will be attending graduate school for counseling at Bemidji State University this summer.

Jonathan Kamrath is working as a bronze sculptor with Brodin Studios Inc. in Litchfield, MN and is married to Rachel Anderson Kamrath.

Mark Koten is studying magnetic alloys at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and is working towards his Ph.D. in materials science.

Chelsey Lewis is attending the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in Duluth, MN and will be marrying the love of her life during the summer of 2012.

Carissa Keith married David Lick ʼ09 on June 5, 2010, and the two of them are currently studying at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.

Matt Lindholm is enrolled in the University of Minnesota master’s of geographic information science program and currently working as a research assistant at the university’s cartography lab.

Kaelene Lundstrum is working at 3M as a Chemical Analyst in Maplewood MN.

Laura Mahowald finished student teaching and graduated in December.  She is currently working as a substitute teacher in various school districts in southern Minnesota.

Jamie Mitchell is working as the lead preschool teacher at Primrose School of Rochester.

Mark Pedginski is volunteering and working as a pharmacy technician.  He will be attending Creighton University School of Pharmacy in the fall.

Kate Sidlo is teaching algebra at St. Louis Park Senior High School.

Abby Smith is currently residing in Lakeville, MN while attending Northwestern Health Sciences University where she’s studying to become a massage therapist

Laura Walz and Bret VanderStreek are engaged and planning a fall wedding.  Laura is working as a registered nurse at Fairmont Medical Center in Fairmont, MN.

Also make sure to join out our class’s Facebook group at the following link:

With joy,

Cathryn Nelson

2010 Co-class Agent

Campus News

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour

Under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota and Wisconsin between the January Interim and Spring Semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. – Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Hartford, WI

Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, WI

Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna

The tour will wrap up with a home concert on Saturday, Feb. 12. at 2 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  New in January was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The speaker at both the breakfasts for February will be Tom Crady, vice president for enrollment management.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at or by calling 800-487-8437.  The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing or by calling 507-933-7512.

Chapter Gatherings

This year 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:

Tucson – February 8 – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’66 ʼ67 residence

Phoenix – February 10 – Fired Up Grill

Denver – February 11 – Denver Athletic Club

Boston – March 2 – Henrietta’s Table

New York – March 4 – The Birdland Jazz Club

Washington, DC – March 5 – Council of Advancement Support of Education headquarters

Jacksonville, FL – March 26

Orlando – March 28

Tampa – March 29

Naples – March 30

Chicago – April 2

Share your information

The information that is contained within this newsletter has been submitted either to Gustavus or to your Class Agent directly for publication.  If you have marriage, education, career, a birth or miscellaneous updates that you would like us to publish in our next newsletter, there is a simple method of submission.  You can send the information to Gustavus via the web page ( by clicking on Alumni and then “Your News,” and that information will be sent directly to one of your