Class of 2012

February 2012

Greetings Class of 2012,

As your new class agents, we welcome you to the first of many class letters!  Class letters are a great way to stay connected with classmates, share news from on campus and off, as well as share your news:  new jobs, travel adventures, weddings, births, etc.  As we begin our last 100 days of our college career, we thought we would take a moment to inform you of some important information, as well as introduce ourselves, the class officers of the class of 2012.

First and foremost, congratulations!  We’re almost there.  In just a few short months we’ll be accepting our diplomas and making our way into the world:  accepting job offers, traveling the world, continuing our education, or even taking some time off.  As we prepare to physically leave Gustavus, it doesn’t mean we have to leave it completely.  As Gustavus alumni, there are plenty of ways for you to continue to feel like a member of this community and you can start today!

The first way you can maintain connection to Gustavus is to stay engaged.  To do so, we’d love to extend an invitation to all of you to join one of our class officer committees.  Within these committees you will be dedicated to helping out with various activities, including, but not limited to: reunion planning, contributing to class letters, and helping recruit future generations of Gusties.  If you’re interested in joining a committee or being involved, please contact us at:

Secondly, you can stay connected by contributing to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  The Annual Fund is made up of many different fund contributions given to Gustavus by alumni, parents, students, and friends of the college.  It enables the college to ensure continued quality in its core educational activities, and provides flexibility to respond creatively to new opportunities.  It helps to pay for student services and annual scholarships, as well as heat the dorms and provide electricity to our campus, to name a few things.  Please consider donating to the Annual Fund either today by visiting or you may also do so by attending our final Class Legacy event, a wine tasting on May 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center banquet rooms.  For more information, please visit  Donations are not required to attend; only highly encouraged.

Finally, to stay connected it is important that we have your most current, up-to-date information (address, email address, schooling, and employment).  Having this makes it easier for us to stay connected with you, by sending you these class letters and other information about the college.  You can e-mail us at, or at  You can also submit your news and photos at  It is a great place to share your wedding, baby, and random Gustie encounter photos and/or stories.

Upcoming Alumni Events:

Gustie Breakfast (Jeff Owens ’92) – March 14 | 7:30 a.m.| Banquet Rooms

Gustie Breakfast (Jim Peterson ʼ64) – April 11 | 7:30 a.m. | Banquet Rooms

Gustie Breakfast (Rev. Dennis Johnson ʼ60) – May 9 | 7:30 a.m. | Banquet Rooms

Class Legacy Wine Tasting – May 2 | 7:00 p.m. | Banquet Rooms

Senior Week – May 22-26

Commencement – May 27 

Now, we’d like to introduce ourselves:

As an extension of her elected role as Student Senate co-president, Jen Fox (from Hastings, MN) will assume the role of class officer president.  This will be a natural transition for Jen, especially with her studies as a political science major.  In her time on campus, Jen has been a member of the Student Senate, Campus Activities Board, and numerous other activities.  She also has a strong understanding of the college’s Swedish heritage, having been crowned Saint Lucia in 2010, studying abroad in Sweden for a semester, and receiving a minor in Scandinavian studies.  She also has two other minors in gender and women studies, and peace studies.

Taking on the role of vice-president, will be Matthew “Chooey” Wasson, from Duluth, MN.  On campus he is know for his work on the Campus Activities Board as the concerts executive and as a sesquicentennial intern for the President’s Office.  In those roles, he has played an important role in planning many of the sesquicentennial activities (including the 2011 Back to School Bash), as well as the 2012 Big Concert, and was a supervisor to the Seniors 150 group.  Beyond extra-curricular activities, Matthew keeps busy with his communication studies major and management minor.  After graduation, he has accepted a job with Target Corporation in Minneapolis, MN.

In order to assure exciting and engaging class reunions, Lisa Klass (from Richfield, MN) joins the team as the reunion chair.  With her extensive work in event programming on the Campus Activities Board, with events such as Homecoming, Frost Week, and President’s Ball, this role will be a perfect fit for her.  Beyond CAB, Lisa is also involved with the Women in Business Leadership group, and is an all-star softball athlete and team captain.  She is currently a management major with hopes of a career in event planning or marketing.

Stepping up to the plate as our annual fund chair is Anna Swenson, a public accounting major from Eagan, MN.  In this position, she will keep our class engaged in the philanthropic duties we hold as alumni—educating and sharing with us information about the Gustavus Annual Fund.  With her time on campus, Anna has found many ways to stay involved with this impressive list of accomplishments:  President’s Office Intern, Gustavus Choir, Sesquicentennial Steering Committee, Mayo Innovation Scholars Program, Center for Vocational Reflection Intern, and Accounting Academic Assistant.  Anna also holds a position on the Alumni Board.  After graduation she has lined up a position as an accounting associate with Cargill in Denver, Colorado.

As our student recruitment chair, Katie Conroy, from Minnetonka, MN makes a perfect fit with her recent internship in the Admission Office.  With this position, she will be in engaged in helping you (our class) recruit new and quality generations of Gusties for the years to come.  Beyond her work with Admission, Katie is also involved with the Women in Business Leadership group, Big Partner Little Partner, GOLD, and Seniors 150, and is a communication studies major, management minor.

And finally, Chris Duhaime (from Maple Grove, MN) will hold the role of communication chair.  In this role, working closely with the other class officers, he’ll be sure to keep you informed on class gatherings, reunions, and other important class/Gustavus news via The Gustavus Quarterly magazine, class letters and updates online.  On campus, Chris is best known for his work on the Campus Activities Board as the publicity executive.  He has held multiple social media internships, including one with the Gustavus Marketing and Communication office.  Chris is also involved in the Gustavus Choir, works for the Gustavus Technology Services, and is a communication studies major, music minor.

If you’re looking for more ways to stay in contact, please find us online at:



Hope this letter finds you well, and have a great spring semester!

2012 Class Officers

Katie Conroy

Chris Duhaime

Jen Fox

Lisa Klass

Anna Swenson

Matt Wasson