Class of 2010

October 2012

Class of 2010,

We hope you are enjoying the beautiful changing colors!  While October brings changing colors, it also brings a very fun, but busy, time at Gustavus.  Over the past few weeks Gustavus hosted Nobel Conference, the Royal Visit and this weekend, Homecoming and the closing festivities for the Sesquicentennial.  We hope you had or will have an opportunity to make a trip to visit Gustavus!

Not only is Gustavus a busy place, but your classmates have been busy the last couple months as well.  Take a few minutes to check out what we’ve been working on and what your classmates have been up to.

Save the Date!

Mark Saturday, May 18, 2013 on your calendars.  We are planning our next Gustie get together in the Twin Cities area for recent grads of Gustavus.  Keep an eye out for more details about the event in the upcoming months.

How can you show support for your alma mater?

Did you know that the Gustavus Annual Fund helps provide financial assistance to approximately 80 percent of current Gusties?  This fund makes it possible for students to get the same experience at Gustavus that we did.  In addition to much-needed financial aid for students, the fund helps cover the costs of keeping technology up-to-date, providing academic support, ‘greening’ facility updates, and providing resources for the library and other facilities.  Gifts made by alumni, family, and friends of the college are added to this fund and used to ensure both the continued quality of education at Gustavus and also allow for flexibility of spending for new opportunities that arise.

Giving a gift to the Annual Fund is a great way to support your alma mater.  Your gift will support scholarships, campus facilities, and the student organizations you were involved in while on campus.  The great experience we all had at Gustavus was made possible because alumni before us gave gifts to the school too!

Last year almost 11 percent of our class gave a gift to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  Our gifts totaled over $2600.  The academic year just began but our fiscal year is well underway and we have a long way to go to even get to last year’s participation.  We challenge you all to join the thousands of alumni that give a gift each year and help ensure current and future Gusties get the same opportunities we did.  Give to Gustavus Day will be an online opportunity coming up on November 14…so remember to join in when you see the email!

Do you know a future Gustie?

We are so very excited for our alma mater as they welcome their largest incoming class to date!  This couldn’t be possible without the help of you folks spreading the word about your college and the great experiences you had while there.  There are many opportunities to do this−here are a few ideas!

  • Many of you stopped by Gustavus' booth at the State Fair−there you could find Refer-a-Gustie cards to fill out to help us reach out to great students.  If you missed that, you can go to the 'Refer a Prospective Gustie' link through the Alumni page on the Gustavus website.
  • Gustavus now has its own iPad app!!  Download it and check it out.  This is a great and fun resource for prospective students and families, so check it out and spread the word!
  • One of the best ways to get people interested in Gustavus is to show your school spirit!  Keep wearing that Black and Gold while you're out and about, maybe show off a school mug at work, or put a window sticker in your car−the possibilities are ENDLESS!
  • COMING SOON−Are you interested in helping new students get ready for college?  Would you like to talk with new students about your Gustavus experience and inspire excitement for their new life on the hill?  Maybe share some words of wisdom to new Gusties from your hometown?  Stay tuned for a new and exciting way to do this!!  (And feel free to contact your class officers!)

As always, keep an eye out for great students who you think would really connect to the Gustavus campus and lifestyle.  The school year is full of great opportunities to visit campus (tours, MEA break, Nobel, Christmas in Christ Chapel, etc.), and we always encourage prospective students and families to stop by and say hello!

Class News

The Class of 2010 has been busy!  Check out what your classmates have been up to.

Katie Cummings is now living in Aitkin and working for K & J C-stores as a financial assistant.  Laura Mahowald is teaching K-12 Instrumental and Choral Music in Glen Ullin, North Dakota.  Matt Wood is in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua doing business development.  TJ Ridley is in his third year of medical school in Iowa and will be graduating in the spring of 2014.  Kristen Weller is earning her MFA in costume technology at the University of Texas at Austin and will be studying abroad in Taiwan in the spring.

Alan Woitas is teaching part time and is responsible for the duties of the activities director at New Ulm Cathedral in New Ulm.  He is also helping coach the varsity boy’s basketball team and B-squad baseball team at New Ulm Cathedral.  Christina Lewis is currently living in Madison WI, working on a Ph.D. in medical physics and researching neural stem cell imaging using MRI and optical methods.  Chelsie Deno is currently in the master’s of arts industrial organizational psychology program at Argosy University Twin Cities.  Alex Parker is a supply chain specialist at Xcel Energy.  Mike Klayum ʼ09 and Kate Wiedman were married in Christ Chapel on June 29th, 2012.  They are both in graduate school in Hallandale Beach, FL.

Emily Kuenker recently accepted a position as a youth director at Glory of God Lutheran Church in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.  Becky Dove graduated from the University of Iowa in May with a Master of public health degree.  Katherine DeSantis Val Estrada '05, Shana Clarke '09, Jennifer Forrest, and Cynthia Yang reunited at the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color 20th Anniversary Boat Cruise Celebration.  Peter Weeks and Isaac Weeks '09 met up at Osorezan on the Shimokita Peninsula in Japan.  Peter is currently teaching English in Tawada-Shi, Japan.  Isaac is a student at Medical College of Wisconsin.  Chelsey Krusemark Crary is a language arts teacher at Hopkins West Junior High, in the Hopkins Public School District #270.

Luke Paquin, Minneapolis, MN, is now a program coordinator at Kaleidoscope Place.  Ross Elenkiwich and Sara Schnell were married on September 29 in Wayzata, MN.  Betsie Collins is currently working as a medical scribe at the Owatonna-Mayo Clinic Health System and applying to physician's assistant school.  Lexi Prahl finished her commitment with teach for America in Pine Bluff, AR.  She recently moved to Minneapolis to obtain a master’s degree in urban and regional planning at the University of Minnesota.

Kelsey Hausladen Michelson graduated with her master’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Minnesota.  She is now working at a pediatric clinic in Eagan.  Morgan McDonald is currently working full time in human resources for a healthcare company and is pursuing a master's degree at the University of St. Thomas.  Brittany Bohlig is currently in the physician assistant program at Des Moines University.  Andrew Nelson finished his two years with Teach For America teaching 6-8th grade science in Phoenix.  He is now doing education consulting at the Arizona Charter School Association, also in Phoenix.

Kelly K. Nelson completed Teach for America and has decided to stay in the classroom and continue her work as a 5th grade teacher for Denver Public Schools.  She recently earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction through the University of Colorado, Denver.  Amy Gosewisch is teaching English to international students at ELS Language Center through the University of St. Thomas.  When not in the classroom, she is working as an experience coordinator at LivingSocial Adventures.  Erin Watt is currently in Colorado Springs, Colorado completing her internship year as a part of her graduate program with the University of South Dakota.  Next May she will graduate with an educational specialist degree (Ed.Ms.) in school psychology.  She looks forward to completing her degree and moving toward fulfilling her career aspirations!

Natalie Brady started a position in July at Target corporate.  She is working as a sourcing specialist in the seasonals department.  Robyn Henderson and Cody Mosbeck were married on Friday August 17 at the Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, MN.  Lots of Gusties were in attendance to help them celebrate.  Also, Robyn started teaching kindergarten at Nasha Shkola, a K-6 Russian charter school in Minnetonka.  She teaches 26 little ones who come from Russian speaking homes.  Abbe Paulhe and Eric Dale ʼ08 got married in August and are currently living in Minneapolis.  Eric is working as a physical therapist and Abbe is a social work student at the University of Minnesota.

Lisa Gruenisen graduated from Luther Seminary in St. Paul in May 2012 with a master of the arts in systematic theology.  She has now started a position as development editor for Fortress Press in September 2012.  Drew Corbett was engaged to Jessica Moertel in January of 2012.  He has also begun his third year of graduate school pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science at the University of Minnesota.

We hope to see you around Gustavus soon!

With Gustie Pride,

Alison, Cathryn, Derek, Jenn, Jenny, Katelyn, Mariah, Matt, Tara, Sara, Steve

2010 Class Officers

Campus News

Alumni Career Exploration

Where Dreams Meet Reality: Alumni Networking and Transition” will be offered again with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Catherine Beyer Breet (  This program is designed for anyone who is unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed.  It takes participants through the process of naming gifts, talents, and passions and finding where to use them in the world.  This event is scheduled at St. Mary’s University this fall on Tuesdays Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and 23, and Nov. 6, from 6–8 p.m.  This four-part classroom series includes full access to the Online Job Hunt Coaching System.  The series is being offered for $199 (Gustavus alumni $149).  Live outside the Twin Cities metro area?  The series will be offered in webinar format for $149 (Gustavus alumni $99).  Register at:

Nobel Conference – “Our Global Ocean”

Nobel Conference 48 was held Oct. 2-3 and examined, “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  We know less about our own oceans than we do about the surfaces of other planets hundreds of millions of miles away.  Top researchers in biogeochemistry, oceanography, deep-sea biology, molecular genetics, and coral ecology discussed the most relevant topics concerning our mysterious oceans.

The Royal Visit

On Friday, October 5, their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.

Hall of Fame

On September 29, the Gustavus Athletics Department inducted nine new individuals into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees included:  Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football), Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country), Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field), Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball), Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis), Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey), Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).

Homecoming 2012

October 12-14 – Homecoming 2012 will include the Sesquicentennial Closing Dinner, reunions, a football game, a performance by The Bend of the River Big Band, and more.  For information on reunion registration and the entire homecoming schedule, visit

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 – July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10—21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

October 17 – Nobel Conference Recap

November 21 – Donald Ostrom – November elections

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming

Nov. 8 – New York City

Nov. 10 – Boston

Nov. 10 – Dallas

Nov. 11 – Houston

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago