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4 FROM THE PRESIDENT 5 ON THE HILL 2010-11 Carlson Winner Q Briefly Q Reading in Common Q Youngdahl obituary Q Forensics national win Q Admission college fairs

6 2011 COMMENCEMENT GALLERY 18 CELEBRATING THE SESQUICENTENNIAL Calendar of events Q A history of Gustavus Books, calendar, and gustie wear


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26 SPORTS Athletes of the Year Q NACDA Directors’ Cup Q National heptathlon title Q Academic All-Americas


29 LEGACY Supporting Friends of Music Q Senior Class Legacy

31 ALUMNI NEWS Class reunions Q Homecoming Q First Decade Awards Q Distinguished Alumni Citations Q Greater Gustavus Award Q Athletics Hall of Fame Q Sesquicentennial Alumni Events Q In Memoriam



FOCUS IN/ON: Guy Pène du Bois (1884–1958), Connoisseurs, 1938, watercolor on paper, 17 1/8 x 13 1/2 in.; gift of the Rev. Richard L. Hillstrom ’38

Managing Editor Steven L. Waldhauser ’70 | Alumni Editors Randall M. Stuckey ’83 | Erin Holloway Wilken ’02 | Design Anna Deike | Contributing Writers Alan Bahrends ’77; Leila Brammer, Kari Clark ’91; Eric Eliason; Tim Kennedy ’82; Maggie Hedlund ’09, Barbara Larson Taylor ’93; Donald Myers ’83; JackieLynn Neeck Peterson ’77; Matt Thomas ’00 Contributing Photographers A.J. Dahm; Brian Fowler; Jennifer Fox ’12 Jamella Reiswig ’13; John Noltner; Wayne Schmidt. The editor also wishes to acknowledge the historical resources of the Gustavus Adolphus College Archives.



Physical plant employees Dean Willaert (left) and Matt Sandvik hang banners in preparation for the College’s Sesquicentennial year. Photo by A.J. Dahm

Articles and opinions presented in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or official policies of the College or its board of trustees. The Gustavus Quarterly is printed on Domtar Earthchoice paper (30% PCR and sustainable source certified by SmartWood) using soy-based inks and alternative solvents and wetting agents, by the John Roberts Company, Minneapolis, an EPA Green Power Partner. The Gustavus Quarterly (USPS 227-580) is published four times annually, in February, May, August, and November, by Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. Periodicals postage is paid at St. Peter, MN 56082, and additional mailing offices. It is mailed free of charge to alumni and friends of the College. Circulation is approximately 39,000. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Gustavus Quarterly, Office of Alumni Relations, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082-1498.

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GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE St. Peter, MN 56082 507-933-8000 | Chair, Board of Trustees Mark Bernhardson ’71 President of the College Jack R. Ohle Vice President for Marketing and Communication Karin Stone ’83 Vice President for Institutional Advancement Thomas Young ’88 Director of Alumni Relations Randall M. Stuckey ’83 Gustavus Adolphus College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.

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This issue of the Quarterly starts for all Gusties a celebration of 150 years of tradition and memories. As your 16th president, I am honored to write the opening letter of this Quarterly, the first of a series of five Quarterlys that will help us reflect on our past, celebrate the Gustavus we all know and love, and set the stage for making the College’s next 150 years as important to future Gusties as the first 150 years have been to all of us. When Gustavus Adolphus College was founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants, they were led by the Reverend Eric Norelius, our founder. Reverend Norelius and those immigrants had dreams to establish an institution that would not only serve the church but the greater society. At the dedication of Old Main in 1876, Pastor Norelius said, “I know the spirit of the people that are interested in the [college] and I cannot doubt that they will stick to it, love and encourage it, and make it a power of good.” Similarly, when the College celebrated its Centennial in 1962, President Edgar Carlson said, “A college is . . . more than those who teach and those who study; it includes also those who believe in what it is doing, those who accredit its work by the quality of their lives and service after they graduate, and those who provide the means which permit the work to go on.” Today, as we look to celebrate our Sesquicentennial and 150 years of academic excellence, we connect the history of the College through the many Gustavus stories that enable us to reflect on our past. These stories help us see the beauty of a tapestry that has been woven for 150 years. In fact, President Carlson said at the 100th anniversary that the College is made up of “single threads of the lives who have woven the fabric that is Gustavus Adolphus College.” You will learn in this issue of the Quarterly that we have commissioned Dave Kenney, a freelance writer and two-time Minnesota Book Award recipient, to help us look at our past through two books: one using images and stories and the other a more traditional narrative history. Both include new stories and coverage of people and developments in the past 25 years since Professor Doniver Lund chronicled the College’s history at great length at the time of our 125-year celebration. You will enjoy both of Dave Kenney’s publications. In addition, many of those stories and excerpts of our history will be highlighted in the next five Quarterlys. In this issue, Steve Waldhauser ’70, Managing Editor of the Quarterly, shares his first installment of an abbreviated history that will be published in those succeeding issues of the magazine during our Sesquicentennial year. Also, Barbara Larson Taylor ’93, who serves as Assistant to the President for Special Projects and is coordinating the activities of our Sesquicentennial year of celebration, has collaborated with Maggie Hedlund ’09 to highlight the activities planned and the importance of Reflecting, Celebrating, and Engaging. The stories of Gustavus Adolphus College are not simply about recollections and nostalgia. The acts of remembering and celebrating lay a foundation for a future that will enable us to collectively imagine our future and continue our work to advance the College during our time. We must then respectfully entrust the next generations to further evolve and advance the College toward its Bicentennial in 2062. Now, as we begin celebrating our 150th anniversary, the tapestry continues to be woven as we each engage in creating momentum for a future of sustained excellence. As we do so, we will more richly understand the significance of this milestone. My wife, Kris, and I are honored to serve the Gustavus community and look forward to sharing and celebrating with each of you this special time in the life of our college. We continue to be inspired by your Gustie stories and are excited about planning the College’s future with you.

The Rev. Jon V. Anderson, M.Div., New Ulm, Minn. (ex officio) Bishop, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, Redwood Falls Thomas M. Annesley ’75, Ph.D., Ann Arbor, Mich. Professor of Pathology, University Hospital, University of Michigan Al Annexstad, Excelsior, Minn. Chairman, Federated Insurance Companies, Owatonna Tracy L. Bahl ’84, M.B.A., Greenwich, Conn. Special Advisor, General Atlantic, N.Y. Warren Beck ’67, Greenwood, Minn. President, Gabbert & Beck, Inc., Edina Rebecca M. Bergman, Ph.D., North Oaks, Minn. Vice President, New Therapies and Diagnostics, Medtronic Incorporated, Mounds View Mark Bernhardson ’71, Bloomington, Minn. (chair) City Manager, City of Bloomington The Rev. Åke Bonnier, Stockholm, Sweden Dean, Stockholm Domkyrkoförsamling The Rev. Gordon A. Braatz, Ph.D., M.Div., Minneapolis Pastor and Psychologist, Retired Ardena L. Flippin ’68, M.D., M.B.A., Chicago Physician, Retired The Rev. Brian Fragodt ’81, M.Div., Andover, Minn. Pastor, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, East Bethel James H. Gale ’83, J.D., Washington, D.C. Attorney at Law Marcus M. Gustafson ’73, D.D.S., Edina, Minn. Business Executive, Retired John O. Hallberg ’79, M.B.A.,Wayzata, Minn. Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Minneapolis Pat K. Haugen ’70, Sioux Falls, S.D. Business Executive, Retired Jeffrey Heggedahl ’87, Minneapolis (ex officio) CEO, Advantage IQ, and President, Gustavus Alumni Association Susanne Björling Heim ’83, Edina, Minn. Business Executive Alfred Henderson ’62, M.B.A., Chanhassen, Minn. Business Executive, Retired George G. Hicks ’75, J.D., Eden Prairie, Minn. Managing Partner, Värde Partners, Inc., Minneapolis The Rev. John D. Hogenson ’81, M.Div., Stillwater, Minn. (ex officio) Senior Pastor, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, and President, Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Linda Bailey Keefe ’69, M.B.A., Atlanta, Ga. Vice President, NAI Brannen Goddard Paul Koch ’87, Plymouth, Minn. Senior Vice President/Investments UBS Financial Services, Inc., Wayzata The Rev. Daniel A. Kolander ’68, M.Div., Marion, Iowa Senior Pastor, Retired, First Lutheran Church, Cedar Rapids Jan Michaletz ’74, Edina, Minn. Past President, Gustavus Alumni Association Jack R. Ohle, D.D., D.Litt., St. Peter, Minn. (ex officio) President, Gustavus Adolphus College Martha I. Penkhus, Mankato, Minn. Registered Nurse, Retired The Rev. Wayne B. Peterson ’77, M.Div., Plymouth, Minn. Pastor, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church The Rev. Dan S. Poffenberger ’82, M.Div., Stillwater, Minn. Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church Beth Sparboe Schnell ’82, Corcoran, Minn. Chief Executive Officer, Sparboe Companies, Wayzata The Rev. Lori Bergstrand Swenson ’82, M.Div., DePere, Wis. Pastor, Ascension Lutheran Church, Green Bay

President Jack R. Ohle



Ronald C. White ’75, Las Vegas, Nev. (ex officio) Chief Sales Officer, Growth Development Associates, Inc., and Past President, Gustavus Alumni Association

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Carlson Award Commencement Gallery Briefly

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CICE update Hillstrom Museum of Art Calendar



Nursing professor named Carlson winner Editor’s Note: The Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees established the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1971 to honor former President Edgar Carlson ’30 for his years of distinguished leadership (1944–1968), and in recognition of his commitment to academic excellence. It is the College’s highest faculty accolade. Gustavus students, faculty, staff, and administrators nominate professors for this award, and each year at Commencement one is recognized for his or her exceptional skill and effectiveness as an instructor. Traditionally, the previous year’s recipient announces the new honoree to the Commencement audience; the announcement of the 2011 recipient, Barbara Mattson Zust ’76, by 2010 recipient Leila Brammer, professor of communication studies, is excerpted below.


y colleagues are gifted educators, innovative thinkers, and simply great humans. I know, because they have taught me how to teach and how to be in the world. No matter what our field or what we do, what all of us at Gustavus have in common is a commitment to students. In my 14 years of witness, high quality, committed faculty have provided a superb liberal arts education that has prepared students to lead fulfilling lives of leadership and service. Whatever Gustavus has done or will ever do, the foundation of the institution is here, in rural Minnesota, on this hill, with immigrants, their children, their grandchildren, and their great, great, great grandchildren. That tradition is built on a solid educational experience that requires two elements—high-quality committed faculty and outstanding students ready to embrace the challenge of a transformational educational experience. . . . Edgar Carlson recognized the importance of faculty and all the people who make Gustavus what it is. Eric

Norelius, founder of the College, said, “Whatever we do, let us do it well;” Dr. Carlson lived that out in his time at Gustavus, and Gustavus faculty and staff continue to embrace that tradition. Gustavus’s highest teaching Barbara Zust ’76, 2011 Carlson Award recipient (left), with 2010 accolade is rightly named in Dr. Carlson’s recipient Leila Brammer. honor. Every year, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged their nominations. They wrote about her to nominate professors who reflect that passion and commitment to nursing and spirit. The former Carlson Award winners to their professional and personal growth. meet and discuss the nominations, and the One student wrote, “When she teaches, provost chooses the winner. not only are her students interested, Students describe this year’s winner they are inspired.” Another stated, “She as “compassionate,” “caring,” “genuine,” challenges her students to think critically “encouraging,” and “an advocate.” Fittingly, about their patients while maintaining a these descriptors perfectly embody her supportive and encouraging relationship profession—as a nurse. The 2011 Edgar M. with them.” Another student commented, Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching “Barb provides a nurturing environment goes to Barbara Zust, associate professor in and prepares us to be compassionate the Department of Nursing. nurses.” A student reported on her January Barb is a Gustie. She graduated from experience in Mexico, “My nursing care Gustavus in 1976 with a degree in nursing skills exponentially improved by learning and received her M.S. and Ph.D. in nursing from Barb how to care for patients in an from the University of Minnesota. In her under-resourced environment.” Barb has professional career as a nurse, she has also mentored students to conduct their worked in a variety of contexts from own research, which they have presented at hematology to pediatrics to ICU to national and regional conferences. A student obstetrics. In 2000, Barb returned to the summed up Barb’s influence with “She is College and has taught a variety of courses very spiritual and wise.” and clinicals, with specialties in maternity Finally, her students gave her the highest nursing, mental health nursing, and human praise as a model of what they hope to wellness. In addition, she has led January embody in their lives in the profession of courses to Sweden, Tanzania, and Petatlán, nursing. One wrote, “She is an exemplary Mexico. . . . role model and she does it in a humble Barb, like all Gusties, is always willing manner.”Q to help and support others on their journeys. Her students spoke of that in

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by Leila Brammer


NEWS FROM CAMPUS Left: Speaking for the Class of 2011 was Phil Helt. Near Left: Baffour Appiah-Korang with his parents, who ew in from Ghana for his big day.

Below: President Ohle presented a class pin to each graduate.

2011 Commencement Gallery




Far right: Megan Myhre celebrated. Near right: Alayna Osborne shared the moment with a friend. Below right: Classmates posed by the Gustavus entrance sign: from left, Sam Frank, Meghan Faricy, Kayla Tacke, Stephanie Hardel, Jodie McGinlay, Abby Steele, and Ashley Anderson. Below: Dan Rohlf claimed his diploma from the biology faculty.

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Briefly . . . Three tenured, two promoted Three faculty members were tenured this past spring and recognized in a chapel service on May 16. Thia Cooper (religion), Kate Knutson (political science), and Baker Lawley (English) will each be promoted to the level of associate professor effective with the start of the 2011–12 academic year. The Office of the Provost also announced that two faculty members— Mark Bjelland (geography) and Pamela Kittelson (biology)—have been promoted to the rank of full professor.


Political science professor named Swenson-Bunn winner Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Lori Carsen Kelly ’83 Ph.D., received the 2011 Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence at the College’s Honors Day convocation on May 7. The award, nominated by students and selected by a vote of the Student Senate, has been presented annually since 1990. Kelly has served on the faculty at Gustavus since 1992, teaching courses in political and legal thinking, ancient and modern political thought, jurisprudence, feminist political thought, and resistance theory.


New faces The Student Affairs division has announced appointments to two key administrative positions as it gears up for the opening of the fall 2011 semester under the direction of a new dean of students and vice president for student affairs, JoNes VanHecke ’88. Charlie Potts ’01 has accepted the position of director of residential life.



Selected as Honor Band players

Eight Gustavus student-musicians were selected as members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Honor Band, which performed February 17–19 at the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-winter Clinic. The Honor Band comprised 90 college-aged musicians, representing 15 colleges and universities in Minnesota. The guest conductor of the Honor Band was a composer and conductor, Keith Allen, from Birmingham, England. All eight students were members of the 2010-11 Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Pictured from left are Brittney Raasch, Gustavus Wind Orchestra conductor Douglas Nimmo, Antonio Herbert, Abbie Johnson, Katy Sandberg, Nick Mason, Logan Arndt, Tim Grev, and Camille Jarvis.

Charlie, who is currently pursuing his Ed. D. in organizational leadership, policy, and development at the University of Minnesota, had previously served as associate director of residence life at St. Olaf College since July 2007. Prior to that he was associate director of campus life at the University of St. Thomas. Peter Meagher has been appointed assistant dean of students and student conduct coordinator. Pete, a licensed clinical social worker who has a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University, has been associate dean of students and campus life at Reed College in Portland, Ore. He has expertise in student conduct practices and alternative dispute resolution processes as well as in sexual assault response, education, and prevention.


Classics professor recognized for scholarly achievement Associate Professor of Classics Eric Dugdale, Ph.D., received the 2011 Faculty Scholarly Achievement Award on May 7 at the College’s Honors Day Convocation. The award recognizes professional accomplishments such as research activities in private, public, or corporate settings; publication; presentations at scholarly meetings or conferences; and exhibits or performances. Faculty members are nominated for the award by fellow faculty members. Dugdale, who holds degrees from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and the


‘Reading in Common’ book explores clash of Native American and white cultures


University of North Carolina, has recently published two books: a translation and commentary on Sophocles’ Electra, and Greek Theatre in Context, both with Cambridge University Press. He is also co-editing a series titled Greece and Rome: Texts and Contexts, which aims to make classics accessible to undergraduate students.

Assumes new responsibilities Gustavus sports information director and communication services rep Tim Kennedy ’82 has been named assistant vice president and director of multimedia innovation in the College’s Division of Marketing and Communication, effective June 1. In his new post, Kennedy serves as the College’s key communication strategist with the offices of Admission and Institutional Advancement and continues to advance Web, social media, and mobile communication efforts. For more than two decades, Kennedy has led communication for 25 varsity sports programs at Gustavus, establishing a comprehensive Web communications strategy that includes extensive use of multimedia, video and audio streaming, and social media, and giving Gustavus one of the leading websites among NCAA Division III schools. QQQ

Former board member takes interim VP post with the College Karin Stone ’83, MBA, has resigned from her position as a member of the Gustavus Board of Trustees to serve as vice president of the Office of Marketing and Communication for an interim of three months. The College will conduct a national search beginning this fall for a new leader for the division. Stone, principal of the Stone Strategy Group, LLC, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, assumed duties heading up College communication efforts and Sesquicentennial assignments on July 15.


ustavus Adolphus College has selected The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows, by Kent Nerburn, as its Reading in Common book for the 2011–12 academic year. The novel is a fictionalized account of actual events in the life of a Lakota elder who is faced with the dynamically complicated relationship between white Americans and Native Americans. As Nerburn creatively explores the Native American culture, he also uncovers a common occurrence in the late 19th and early 20th century when many Indian children were taken from their families and sent away to boarding schools, where teachers forced them to abandon their tribal traditions and speak only English. This is the 20th year of the Reading in Common program at Gustavus. All first-year students are expected to read the chosen book during the summer in anticipation of a group discussion with faculty members, upperclass students, and other first-years during their New Student Orientation. Orientation is also loosely based around the themes found in the book. “This book will introduce most of our readers to another population, another way of life—so geographically close to us yet so far removed from our daily consciousness,” says Megan Ruble, director of student activities at Gustavus and coordinator of the Reading in Common program. “It reads like a good mystery and is hard to put down. At the same time, it uncovers horrible injustices many students won’t read or learn about in their history classes. The selection committee is excited to bring this compelling story and gifted storyteller to Gustavus.”

The Wolf at Twilight is a sequel of sorts to author Nerburn’s nationally acclaimed book Neither Wolf Nor Dog, published in 1994. In addition to connecting with students in classes and at a public lecture on campus on Sept. 13, Nerburn will also speak to alumni, parents, and friends in the Twin Cities. All are invited to his public appearance at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. Respond online at alumni/events, or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 507-933-7511. This event is free and is co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Library Associates. The Wolf at Twilight will also double as the fall selection for the St. Peter Reads program. Q

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Mount Olivet leader Paul Youngdahl ’59 dies


he Rev. Paul Youngdahl, senior pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and one of Gustavus Adolphus College’s most prominent alumni, has died. He was felled by an aortic aneurysm while participating in one of the ministries closest to his heart, Cathedral of the Pines youth camp, on Caribou Lake near Lutsen, Minn., and died on June 20 after being airlifted to Minneapolis. He was 73 years old. “Gustavus has lost a friend, an alum, a former board member, a parent, and a church leader who has made a mark on the College in ways that few can achieve in a lifetime,” said President Jack Ohle. “He will be missed and his legacy will live on at Gustavus.” The Rev. Grady St. Dennis ’92, now director for church relations and community engagement at Gustavus, was one of many touched by Youngdahl. “I was one of hundreds of young people who grew up in the Mount Olivet congregation looking at him as a dad,” St. Dennis said. “I also had the privilege of serving at Mount Olivet with him for eight years before accepting my present position at Gustavus. . . . I can’t emphasize enough how much he loved Gustavus and how proud he was of the work the school is doing in servantleadership.” Born in St. Paul in 1937, Youngdahl graduated in 1959 from Gustavus, where

he was involved in student government and was president of his senior class. He was also on the varsity basketball team for four years and was captain of the squad in his junior year. He went on to earn a bachelor of divinity degree from Lutheran School of Theology in Rock Island, Ill., and was ordained into the Holy Ministry at Mount Olivet Church in 1963. He had been senior pastor at Mount Olivet since 1974 and led its growth; the church now has around 13,500 baptized members and is considered the largest ELCA congregation in the country. Youngdahl was named to the Gustavus Board of Trustees in 1988 and served on that body for nine years. He was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree by his alma mater in 1981 for his service to the Church and the College, in recognition of “his work with Senior Citizens, the mentally retarded, and the terminally ill, and for his leadership role within the Minnesota Synod of the LCA” (a forerunner of the ELCA). In 2000 the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations honored him with its Covenant Award for championing the relationship between the College and Lutheran church congregations. “He had a real heart for young people,” said ELCA Minneapolis Area Synod Bishop Craig Johnson ’69, who was an associate pastor at Mount Olivet for 14 years. “A lot of his ministry was spent surrounded by

Paul Youngdahl ’59

youth.” Many youth from the Mount Olivet congregation followed him to Gustavus. A few years ago, an admission department survey found 41 Mount Olivet members in the Gustavus student body! Youngdahl is survived by his wife, Nancy Kay (Holmstrom); three adult children, daughter Kristi ’86 and sons Aaron and Peter; and three grandchildren.Q

ADMISSION REPS: COMING TO A COLLEGE FAIR NEAR YOU! The Gustavus Admission Office will be represented at the following college fairs during fall 2011. Encourage prospective students you may know to stop by the Gustavus table. For times and locations, please call Alan Meier in the Admission Office at 800-487-8288.


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Fargo, N.D. Superior, Wis. Ashland, Wis. Bemidji, Minn. Minocqua, Wis. Wausau, Wis. Fond du Lac, Wis. Brookings, S.D.


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Des Moines, Iowa La Crosse, Wis. Eau Claire, Wis. Minneapolis, Minn. Sioux Falls, S.D. Rice Lake, Wis. Aspen, Colo. Milwaukee, Wis.


Forensics team wins national title


he Gustavus forensics team capped a stellar year by finishing in first place in the team sweepstakes of the President’s II Division at the National Forensics Association’s National Championships, held at Illinois State University April 14–18. The team’s national title came on the heels of its outstanding performance at the

American Forensics Association’s National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET), hosted by the University of NebraskaKearney April 2-4; there the squad earned its second straight top 10 national ranking by placing 10th in the team sweepstakes. Junior Chloe Radcliffe took first place in the Prose Interpretation category, becoming

the first Gustavus student to earn a national championship at the AFA-NIET. Senior Phil Helt was named to the 2011 AFA-NIET All-America Team based on his scholastic achievement, AFA-NIET forensic participation, and community service.Q

Members of the NFA National Championship team include Kelsey Abele, Phil Helt, Kaitlin Burlingame, Kate Bissen, and Sam Hemmerich, accompanied here by visiting instructor of communication studies Cadi Kadlecek (assistant coach)

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Chicago, Ill. Colorado Springs, Colo. Monticello, Minn. New Berlin, Wis. Watertown, Minn. Delavan, Wis. Hartland, Wis. St Cloud, Minn. Franklin, Wis. Morris, Minn. Shawnee Mission, Kan. Denver, Colo.

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Alexandria, Minn. Denver, Colo. Milwaukee, Wis. Willmar, Minn. Verona, Wis. Denver, Colo. Spearfish, S.D. Rapid City, S.D. Lincoln, Neb. Anchorage, Alaska Jackson, Minn. Luverne, Minn.

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Marshall, Minn. Fairmont, Minn. Mankato, Minn. Albert Lea, Minn. Rochester, Minn. Winona, Minn. Omaha, Neb.

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St Paul, Minn. Seattle, Wash. Portland, Ore.

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Sunday in Botsmark by Eric Ellason


ustavus devotes a lot of resources to international education because we know that it’s a great means to achieve many of our educational goals. In our Semester in Sweden program, a group of students and a Gustavus faculty member travel as a learning-living community to several locations in Sweden where they pursue a program of study that not only satisfies a good number of general education requirements but also gives participants extended insight into this country’s history and culture. They begin the program during January in Umeå, in northern Sweden, and spend the next five months moving progressively southward until the end of the program in Jönköping. The following reflection, written by this year’s Semester in Sweden director, English professor Eric Eliason, conveys the unexpected learnings and the unique cultural contexts that are part of study away. Likewise, excerpts from the blog students kept while on the program give a sense of both the fun and the deep thinking that can occur in both planned and unplanned experiences. This kind of program is good professional development for our faculty, and it’s excellent education for our students. ~Carolyn O’Grady.

Nils-Gustaf Blind, Sami herder in Jokkmokk, explains a hand-made reindeer harness to Gustavus English professor Eric Eliason.




am sitting in the small church in Botsmark, a village of about 240 people 50 km north of Umeå. One of the residents tells me proudly that the crispbread served at the banquet held the night before the past summer’s royal wedding was baked here. Before the day is over I will have bought some of this bread at a stand just outside the church doors. A short man, a little younger than me, dressed in colorful traditional Sami clothing, is yoiking quietly in front of the congregation, a buzzy, undulating, warm drone. Two clergy, one man, one woman, both blond, are standing off to the yoiker’s right, dressed in the stoic, formal black coats and stiff, brilliantly white collars of the Swedish state church. To the yoiker’s left, a younger pianist with buzzed darker hair responds to the yoik with improvised chords and runs. He seems to have only half-tried to shed his Goth looks for this church performance. I can see the tattoos on his arms as he plays. I am moved by this picture of cultures standing side by side. The combination of Sami chant and jazz piano is understated and beautiful. Really beautiful. I would love to hear it without the noise of a small child banging a toy car on the wooden pew.

I stare out the window at a world where the accumulation of hoarfrost and ice has so weighted down the boughs of the trees that the forest looks like a stand of tens of thousands of folded-down green umbrellas coated in lumpy white frosting. The snow is spotlessly white. The sky is a foggy, uniform white. And low in the southern sky, behind the clouds, the sun illuminates everything from the side with a colorless light that casts no shadows. When I look through the wavy old glass panes of the church window I can see a long ways but I see nothing human. It is dim noon, it is windless, and not even a raven or a magpie moves. Only the undulating drone of the yoik, a Sami Orpheus defying Niflheim with his song. All of this is being captured by the large, professional microphones of Sveriges Radio. It will be broadcast on Sami National Day as part of larger national efforts to build respect and status for the Sami minority within Sweden. In the day’s preaching we hear stories of how Sami children were shamed into leaving aside any of their “backwards” Sami culture when they were in polite church. Now they are invited to bring these clothes and this music to the church as a precious gift, one more small step in the long and difficult work of

Photo By Janella Reiswig ’13

Note from the Director of the Center for International and Cultural Education:

Photo By Jennifer Fox ’12


building mutual respect where there has been neglect and conflict. At first, I admire the sincerity of the small step. On the bus to Botsmark we practiced singing a few of the hymns for the day in Sami language. It was fun, slightly exotic, and I looked forward to hearing what a Sami-speaking congregation would sound like when we got there. When, to my surprise, eight students from the U.S. were drafted to join a few others as the “Sami choir” for the event and led up front to sing in Sami while the rest of the congregation sings in Swedish, I am annoyed, and the occasion no longer seems sincere. It seems like a cultural offense; it seems disrespectful to everyone—the students, the congregation, the Sami; it seems fundamentally inauthentic. Time and better knowledge have complicated my annoyance. As our teacher on the bus, a university professor of Sami studies whose first language is Sami, taught us the sounds of the words, I was surprised to hear him stumble and pause frequently. Later I learned that the language of the hymns was Ume Sami, which is not mutually intelligible with his North Sami (for the linguists: one is a “head first” language, the other “head last”). The best guess is that there are at most ten, and more probably five, native speakers of Ume Sami now living—a single family. There are only five people in the world who could have sung those words completely authentically. This journey toward cultural revitalization and reconciliation is so long and complex that its success is not guaranteed. It may, in fact, take music powerful enough to call forth the beloved from the land of the dead. The United Nations has recently issued a report which puts Sweden in a somewhat poor light for its efforts with respect to the Sami within its borders. Even as a beginner in becoming familiar with the situation, I can believe that this is not a time for fussy reflection on best practices, but a time for any willing ally to contribute what she can to make things better, whatever “better” means in a particular context. I probably should have joined the phony Sami choir instead of sitting out. Orpheus met his violent death when the drunken rabble made so much noise that his music could not be heard. The kind people selling the royal wedding bread are doing a brisk business. Whatever else is or isn’t accomplished in that service in Botsmark, a group of American students will leave with hearts and heads alert to the Sami struggle, willing to help in small ways where they are asked. It is not their song that will revive the dead, but, when they begin to sing along, they have begun to leave the noisy rabble.

Professor Krister Stoor of Umeå University coaches Gustavus students in Sami at Botsmark Kyrka.

AND THUS, WE BECOME A CHOIR! Blog entry by Karla Leitzman ’13

SWEDES, SAMI, AND ISSUES OF UNITY Blogy entry by Robert Holder ’12

Today was our first full day in Sweden. Breakfast was at 7:30, and it was delicious. The hostel in Umeå has a lovely common area where we gathered this morning before boarding a bus to go to a nearby village, Botsmark, where we were told we would attend a traditional Sami church service. When we got on the bus, we were handed texts of the day’s hymns so that we could practice the pronunciation. Not only were the hymns not in English or Swedish, they were in Sami, so everyone was clueless. A delightful man named Krister Stoor is our guide for our time in Umeå. (Having spent much time at Gustavus in the last several years, Krister wore a Gustavus shirt today which had me very excited. Indeed, every time I see the three crowns symbol anywhere here I find myself almost shouting, “Hey! we have that too!”) We were told the church service would be recorded and broadcast nationally for Sami National Day. We were also told that we should sing out so that the congregation’s voices came through on the microphone. Lo and behold, when we entered the church, we were informed that we would be standing in front of the congregation and leading the hymns! So in addition to the Gustavus Choir touring in Italy right now, another Gustavus choir, albeit an impromptu and maybe a little less experienced one, also got to “tour” this morning. After the service, we got to experience our first authentic Swedish fika (this Swedish verb loosely translates to “socializing over coffee.” Can anyone tell why I love the Swedes?!). Sitting around the church with delicious coffee and treats after the service made me feel like a true Lutheran and quite at home.

I had an interesting conversation with [one of my Swedish friends] about the Sami people. One thing to remember is that he comes from Norrbotten, and so has lived here in the north where the Sami issue directly affects the ethnically Swedish population. I asked him how things had changed in the Swede-Sami relationship and what that looked like through his Norrbotten lens. He talked about how about a hundred years ago the Swedes had a policy intended to keep the Sami as Sami. They were not allowed to have a house or more than a certain number of civilized things. Otherwise they would become too civilized and lose their “Saminess.” But at the same time, the Swedes required them to learn Swedish and discouraged them speaking Sami. So there was a sort of double standard. We learned about this in Umeå, but hearing it from the Swedish side instead of the Sami side gave it a different perspective. In the 1950s and 1960s, the government policy became assimilation rather than isolation and it was not until only a few decades ago in Sweden that the Sami began to fight back to maintain and demand their rights. Over twenty years ago the term “Lapp” was considered normal, not derogatory. But now people are shocked if one says the word and almost every Sami today finds it very offensive. I have learned that the word “Lapp” has another meaning as well for some people today. Ethnic Sami who do not want to live a traditional Sami life refer to themselves as a “Lapp” but live as Swedes and say that they are not Sami.

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Hillstrom exhibitions include faculty member’s drawings, collection of German Renaissance artist’s works by Donald Myers ’83

dark backgrounds, as in Comfort Me, Said He, No. 2 (2010), in which two sheep in the process of being shorn are shown off to the side of a perspectival grid that draws the viewer’s attention to an impenetrable charcoal background. Lowe raises questions in her works regarding (quoting her artist statement) “the metaphorical and mythical potential of the domestic flock and the relationship between these animals and their keepers.” She continues, “What is about to happen; what has happened? Where and when did this or will this take place?” She indicates that she wishes that the viewer’s perceived illusion of space and time in the works to “remain negotiable and psychologically ambiguous,” and that she wants to see “what will happen formally and what sensation can occur within a heightened paradoxical space of description (fact) and invention (fiction).” Lowe’s draftsmanship is being shown concurrently with that of the great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), featured in an exhibition debuting a private collection of that master’s prints. A Collector’s Passion for Dürer’s Secrets: The MAGJEKL Collection features more than fifty engravings and woodblocks by the artist, assembled only since 2006 by passionate Connecticut collector Kristen Lowe, Comfort Me, Said He, No. 2, 2010, Elizabeth A. Maxwell-Garner. Her charcoal on paper, 72 x 42 inches collector’s mark, MAGJEKL, is an acronym of her and her late husband Jack’s initials and has been n view at the Hillstrom Museum registered with the Fondation Custodia of Art from September 12 through Lugt in Paris, the international registry of November 6, 2011, will be three collector’s marks. exhibitions, including “Comfort Me, Said Garner’s passion for the works of Dürer He,” Recent Work by Kristen Lowe, which developed following her retirement in 2002 features a suite of large-scale charcoal and after 27 years in information technology, chalk drawings by faculty artist Kristen working internationally in 14 countries Lowe. The dramatic black and white works, and gaining an extensive knowledge of many of them six feet or more in height, banking, insurance, and manufacturing. feature images of sheep set against rich, She returned to college to study art

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and, from copying drawings by Dürer in class, became devoted to his work and soon purchased her first of many of his prints. With the guidance of prominent dealers and experts on the artist, Garner has systematically studied Dürer. She has acquired and carefully read all the catalogues raisonnés of the artist, explored papermaking techniques and watermarks, scoured auction records, visited museums to inspect surviving Dürer woodblocks, and even purchased her own forensic document reader to aid in detailed examination of paper, ink, and watermarks. She also worked for close to a year under curator Suzanne Boorsch of the Yale University Art Gallery as a cataloguer for the Dürer holdings there, and she flew to the artist’s home city of Nuremberg to meet with expert Anna Scherbaum, curator at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and coauthor of the most recent catalogue of all Dürer’s prints. Close inspection of the details of Dürer’s works has led Garner to perplexing discoveries, many of which do not appear to have been reported in the literature on the artist. For instance, magnification of details of the neckline of the dress worn by the woman in the 1498 engraving Promenade (Young Couple Threatened by Death) led to the discovery that embedded in small size in the garment’s neckline is the word “NORICAS.” Garner then deduced that “Noricas” is Latin for “from Hungary” (“Noricum” is the Roman name for a region corresponding to part of Hungary) and this has led her to identify the woman with Barbara Loeffelholz, whose lineage was Hungarian and who was the mother of Dürer’s friend Willibald Pirkheimer, the prominent and wealthy humanist scholar. Garner hypothesizes that some of Dürer’s prints are interrelated, a concept little explored before, and that they often contain references to persons and events from the artist’s life and times, some heretofore unrecognized. In conjunction with A Collector’s Passion for Dürer’s Secrets, Garner will present a lecture, titled “New Secrets in Dürer’s Art,” at 3:30 p.m., October 16, 2011 (in

Donald Myers ’83 has directed the Hillstrom Museum of Art at Gustavus Adolphus College since its opening in 2000. He also is an instructor in art history at the College.

Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), Promenade (Young Couple Threatened by Death), 1498, engraving on paper, 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 in.; MAGJEKL Collection

Hillstrom Museum of Art accquires two Grant Wood works


the Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall of Science), and she will also present a gallery talk in the Hillstrom Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m., October 17. Both the lecture and the gallery talk are free and open to the public. Also on view at the Museum will be another of its FOCUS IN/ON projects, featuring an in-depth, cross-disciplinary consideration of the Hillstrom Museum of Art’s 1938 watercolor Connoisseurs by American artist Guy Pène du Bois (1884—1958), which was donated to the Museum in 2004 by the Rev. Richard L. Hillstrom ’38. That work is the subject of an essay co-written by the Museum director Donald Myers with faculty member Richard Hilbert, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The essay considers the artist, his career and milieu, and the sociological implications of interpreting an artwork such as Connoisseurs. FOCUS IN/ ON is an ongoing program of the Museum that has featured numerous works from the Hillstrom Collection through collaborative exploration engaging the expertise of colleagues from across the curriculum.Q

by Donald Myers ’83 Dr. David and Kathryn (Rydland ’71) Gilbertson have donated another of American artist Grant Wood’s lithographs to the Hillstrom Museum. Tree Planting Group, from 1937, is the eighth print by Wood that the Gilbertsons have donated by themselves (they also were codonors, with the Rev. Richard L. Hillstrom ’38, of four other lithos by the artist). It is one of the first two out of 19 total Grant Wood (1891–942), Tree Planting Group, 1937, prints that Wood made during lithograph on paper, 8 3/8 x 10 3/4 in.; gift of Dr. David his career. Tree Planting Group and Kathryn (Rydland ’71) Gilbertson is related to an earlier painting, Arbor Day (1932), which was painted as a tribute to two pioneering the Tree Planting Group formed the basis schoolteachers in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the reverse side of the Iowa State area. That painting features a similar commemorative quarter dollar when it grouping of workmen digging a hole was issued in 2004. into which is to be placed a sapling, held The Museum has also acquired a by an onlooking teacher surrounded by superb drawing by Grant Wood, an her pupils. The painting, which includes undated Portrait of a Young Woman additional landscape imagery around a Wearing a Kerchief. The drawing shows fully-depicted schoolhouse, had been the artist’s remarkable skill at subtle purchased by the school district and was rendering of images, especially in the inspired by the story of a grove of trees sensitive handling of the woman’s fine that had been planted, one at a time hair, the delicate highlights that add on Arbor Day over several years, under sparkle to her eyes, and the demure the supervision of one of the teachers. depiction of the gingham fabric of her Wood’s painting hearkened back to the blouse, just visible below her kerchief, period prior to the prescient teacher’s which signals the artist’s allegiance to the efforts in planting an arbor, highlighting Regionalist approach in its adherence to her foresight. homespun imagery and motifs from the Not long after painting Arbor Day, Midwestern farming milieu. Wood had the opportunity to sell it for The Hillstrom drawing, purchased six times the price the school had paid with funds donated by the Rev. Richard him, and he was allowed to reclaim it L. Hillstrom ’38 in memory of his and replace it with another picture, brothers Leland and Rodney, has been which seems likely to have been a large authenticated by expert James M. Dennis, charcoal drawing, now on deposit at author of the fundamental study Grant the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art from Wood, A Study in American Art and the Cedar Rapids School District, that Culture (1986). Although Wood is best depicts the same, more concentrated known for his Regionalist landscapes of imagery that Wood reused for his Tree the Iowa countryside, he also worked Planting Group lithograph. The print is in portraiture throughout his career. typical of the artist’s style in its reliance Among his best-known portraits is a on geometric simplification of shapes and stylish depiction of his sister Nan, done, on patterning such as the repeated lines according to the artist, to make up for and texture of the grassy plains that are how dowdy she appeared when she about to be altered by the teacher and modeled for Wood’s most famous work, her cohorts’ efforts. Imagery derived from American Gothic (1930).Q the painting Arbor Day and related to

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AUGUST 25–Sept. 5 Gustavus at the Fair: College booth in the Education Building at the Minnesota State Fair, staffed 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. Wear your Gustie gear and stop by to sign our visitors’ book!

SEPTEMBER 6 Opening Convocation of the 150th academic year, Christ Chapel, 10 a.m. 9 Pre-Nobel Guest Lecture: “World Wide Mind: How to Connect Your Brain to the Internet (and Would You Want To),” Michael Chorost; Alumni Hall, 2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Nobel Conference and the Gustavus Neuroscience Program; open to the public without charge. 12–Nov. 6 Art Exhibitions: A Collector’s Passion for Albrecht Dürer’s Secrets: The MAGJEKL Collection & “Comfort Me, Said He,” Recent Works by Kristen Lowe; Hillstrom Museum of Art. Open to the public without charge; regular museum hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri.; 1–5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. Opening reception, Sept. 12, 7–9 p.m.; Nobel Conference reception, Oct. 4, 6–8 p.m. (Public lecture, “New Secrets in Dürer’s Artwork,” by the collector, Elizabeth A. Maxwell-Garner, Oct. 16, 3:30 p.m., and gallery talk by the collector, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m.) 12 Reading in Common Twin Cities Event: Kent Nerburn, author of The Wolf at Twilight, 2011 Reading in Common book, sponsored by GLA & Alumni Relations; Diamond Lake Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, 7 p.m. Open to the public without charge, but reservations requested; Call Alumni Relations (800-487-8437). 13 Reading in Common Author Visit: Kent Nerburn, author of The Wolf at Twilight; Alumni Hall, 7 p.m. Open to the public without charge. 14 St. Peter/Mankato Alumni Breakfast: Nobel Conference preview; Jackson Campus Banquet Room, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, call Institutional Advancement (507-933-7512). 19 Gustavus Library Associates’ Fall Membership Tea, hosted by President Jack and Kris Ohle; President’s Home, 10–11:30 a.m. Reservations requested; call Marketing & Communication (507933-7520).



21 Twin Cities Alumni Breakfast: Nobel Conference preview; Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 8–9:30 a.m. To reserve, call Alumni Relations at 800487-8437 or e-mail alumni@ 23 Artist Series: Mattias Jacobsson, classical guitarist; Jussi Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Order tickets online at or call the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-933-7590). 30 Sesquicentennial and Campaign Kickoff; Lund Center Arena, 6:30 p.m. (See special event listing on p. 19.) 30 - 1 October Homecoming/Reunion Weekend: Reception for anniversary classes on campus on Sept. 30 prior to Sesquicentennial Kickoff; receptions and other reunion and homecoming events on Saturday, Oct. 1. For more information, see schedule in Alumni section or call Alumni Relations (800487-8437).

Singers, Gustavus & Vasa Wind Orchestras, and Gustavus Symphony Orchestra; Christ Chapel, 2 p.m. Open to the public without charge. 18 GLA Author Day, with Minneapolis Star Tribune books editor Laurie Hertzel; Edina Country Club, 9:30 a.m. Reservation required; order online at or call Marketing & Communication (507-933-7520). 18 Artist Series: Chestnut Brass Company; Jussi Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Order tickets online at gustavustickets. com or call the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-933-7590). 19 Twin Cities Alumni Breakfast: President Jack Ohle; Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 8–9:30 a.m. To reserve, call Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437 or e-mail alumni@

OCTOBER 4–5 Nobel Conference® 47: “The Brain and Being Human”; Lund Arena, opening at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Order tickets online at For more information, see inserted tab, or visit 4 Nobel Conference Concert; Björling Recital Hall, 8:15 p.m. Open to the public without charge. 4, 7, 8, & 9 Theatre: On Ego, by Mick Gordon & Paul Broks, directed by Henry MacCarthy; Anderson Theatre, 8:15 p.m. (Oct. 4, Nobel Conference performance); 8 p.m. (Oct. 7 & 8), & 2 p.m. (Oct. 9). Order tickets online at or call the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-9337590). 10 St. Peter/Mankato Alumni Breakfast President Jack Ohle; Jackson Campus Center Banquet Room, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, call Institutional Advancement (507-933-7512). 14–16 Family Weekend: Seminars, events, & entertainment; for more information, call Student Activities (507-933-7598). 15 Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremonies; Alumni Hall, 6 p.m. (See listing of 2011 inductees on p. 38) Reservations required; call Alumni Relations (800-487-8437). 16 Music: Family Weekend Concert, featuring the Gustavus Choir, Lucia

THE BRAIN & BEING HUMAN OCTOBER 4 & 5, 2011 The Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College is the first ongoing educational conference of its kind in the United States.

NOVEMBER 6–7 Music: 2011 Gustavus Honor Band Festival; Schaefer Fine Arts Center & Christ Chapel. (Festival concert with Honor Band and Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Douglas Nimmo, conductor, Nov. 7, Christ Chapel, 7 p.m.) Open to the public without charge.

At the Hillstrom Museum of Art: Grant Wood (1891–1942), Portrait of a Young Woman Wearing a Kerchief, undated, pencil on paper, 12 x 7 1/2 in.; gift of the Rev. Richard L. Hillstrom ’38 in memory of his brothers Leland and Rodney

9 St. Peter/Mankato Alumni Breakfast: Professor Emeritus Rob Gardner, interim artistic coordinator for Christmas in Christ Chapel; Jackson Campus Center Banquet Room, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, call Institutional Advancement (507-933-7512). 11 Music: The Gustavus & Vasa Wind Orchestras, Douglas Nimmo and Karrin Meffert-Nelson, conductors; Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Open to the public without charge. 11, 12, & 13 Theatre: Five Times God, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, directed by Ethan Bjelland ’12 (senior honors project in translation and direction); Anderson Theatre, 7 p.m. (Nov. 11 & 12) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 13). Order ticket online at or call the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-933-7590). 12 Music: The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band & Adolphus Jazz Ensemble, Steve Wright, director; Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Open to the public without charge. 13 Music: The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Ruth Lin, conductor; Christ Chapel, 1:30 p.m. Open to the public without charge. 16 Twin Cities Alumni Breakfast: Professor Emeritus Rob Gardner, interim artistic coordinator for Christmas in Christ Chapel; Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 8–9:30 a.m. To reserve, call Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437 or e-mail alumni@

17, 18, 19, & 20 Dance: Student Choreographers’ Gallery; Anderson Theatre, 8 p.m. (Nov. 17, 18, & 19) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 20). Order tickets online at or call the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-933-7590). 18–19 35th annual American Choral Directors Association State Conference; Christ Chapel and Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Registration required, through ACDA Minnesota’s website. 20 Music: The Gustavus Percussion Ensemble, Robert Adney, director; Jussi Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Open to the public without charge. 21 Art Exhibitions: Our Treasures: Highlights from the Minnesota Museum of American Art; Portraiture by Paul Granlund; and Selected Works from the Hillstrom Collection; Hillstrom Museum of Art. Open to the public without charge; regular museum hours: 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Mon.–Fri.; 1–5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. Opening reception, Nov. 21, 7–9 p.m.

DECEMBER 2, 3, & 4 Christmas in Christ Chapel: “Julljus: Light from the Old World; Light to the New”; 3:30 p.m. (Dec. 3 & 4 only) & 7:30 p.m. Order tickets online at (Tickets go on sale at noon on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.) 6 Music: “The Winds of Christmas,” Gustavus & Vasa Wind Orchestras, Douglas Nimmo, conductor; Christ Chapel, 10 a.m. Open to the public without charge. 8 Festival of St. Lucia, Christ Chapel, 10 a.m.; GLA’s Lucia Luncheon, featuring folksinger/storyteller Ross Sutter, Alumni Hall, 11 a.m. Reservations accepted from GLA members following mailing of invitations in mid-October; for more information, call Marketing & Communication (507-933-7520). 9 Artist Series: The Neal & Leandra Christmas Concert; Jussi Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Order tickets online at or call the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-9337590).


PLEASE NOTE: Times and dates of the events listed on this page are subject to change. Please call to confirm events of interest.

SPORTS Up-to-date sports schedules may be found on the Web, through the Gustavus homepage ( For a printed schedule of any or all of the Gustie varsity athletic squads, download from the Web or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the sports information director, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082-1498. Also, you can listen to selected Gustavus athletics broadcasts over the Internet through RealAudio. Broadcasts may be accessed through a link on Gustavus athletics website, where a broadcast schedule may also be found. THE ARTS To receive a more complete fine arts schedule or more information on fine arts events noted in the calendar, contact Al Behrends ’77, director of fine arts programs, by phone (507-933-7363) or e-mail (al@

TICKETS Tickets for the Gustavus Artist Series and Department of Theatre and Dance productions may be ordered online at gustavustickets. com. Tickets for Department of Theatre and Dance offerings are available two weeks in advance of the performance.

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Celebrating the



n 1862 Eric Norelius and other Swedish immigrant leaders in Minnesota identified a need in their communities: to live out the Swedish ideals of educating the general population and teaching Christian principles. These leaders knew they needed a school in Minnesota to train others to be leaders and to serve their communities. At the dedication of Old Main in 1876, founder Eric Norelius imagined the future for Gustavus Adolphus College and said, “I know the spirit of the people that is interested in it, and I cannot doubt that they will stick to it, love and encourage it, and make it a power of good.” Over the last 150 years much has changed of course, yet in this time the College has been loved, encouraged, and become a power of good, as nearly 42,000 students have been educated to lead and serve their communities. Gustavus kicks off the celebration of its 150th academic year in the fall of 2011, concluding at Homecoming in the fall of 2012. The year will be filled with reflections on the past, celebrations of the present, and opportunities for future engagement.




Connect with the College this year through the Gustavus story. This issue of the Quarterly launches a five-part series outlining the history of Gustavus. Parts of the Gustavus story will be familiar, but it is likely that you will learn something new as you follow the series. The Gustavus story, however, is a tapestry of individual stories. The Gustavus Sesquicentennial website (www. will have a timeline of events with the opportunity for members of the Gustavus community to add their own stories to the timeline. Each week will feature new trivia questions, “blast from the past” photos, quotes, fun facts, and questions for alumni to answer.

The Sesquicentennial calendar is full of opportunities to celebrate the core values and mission and ways to connect with Gustavus in person. A comprehensive listing of Sesquicentennial activities and additional listings of regional alumni events and alumni athletics showcases are included in this issue of the Quarterly. Further details and additions to the list will be posted in future issues and on the Sesquicentennial website (gustavus.150).

A major goal of the year is to dramatically expand the number of people engaged with the College and the depth of their engagement, to create momentum for a future of sustained excellence. This is an occasion for each member of the Gustavus community to try something new, connect further, and help other Gusties connect. The College needs alumni, parents, and friends to do more than relive memories of the past. Engage with the current Gustavus in ways that are familiar and perhaps ways that are new.

150 years is a significant milestone to celebrate. Join us as we make this year count at Gustavus—because it just won’t be the same without you.

Images courtesy of the Gustavus Adolphus College archives.



tennial by Barbara Larson Taylor ’93 and Maggie Hedlund ’09

A 13–MONTH LISTING OF EVENTS Sesquicentennial Alumni Athletics Events (p. 60) and Alumni Geographical Events (p. 40) are listed in the Alumni section of this issue of the Quarterly.

AUGUST 25–SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 GUSTAVUS AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR Visit the Gustavus booth in the Education Building at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together.” Sign the visitors’ book!

SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 START OF FIRST-YEAR ORIENTATION The Class off 2015 arrives on campus. p

Orientation 1950s

SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH On-campus launch of the 150th academic year for all students and employees.

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 OPENING CONVOCATION OF THE 150TH ACADEMIC YEAR 10 a.m. Chapel service with academic procession on the first day of classes.

Old Main , circa 1900 FALL 2011


SEPTEMBER 17, 2011

OCTOBER 15, 2011

“CELEBRATE ST. PETER” DAY! Honoring the wonderful town and home of the College since 1876. The community is invited to a free football game, the Arboretum Fall Festival, and other family fun activities!

34TH GUSTAVUS ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME CEREMONIES The hall welcomes nine new inductees who have contributed to the storied Gustavus athletics tradition.

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011

NOVEMBER 14, 2011

SESQUICENTENNIAL AND CAMPAIGN KICKOFF DINNER A gala dinner in Lund Arena for faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends

RAOUL WALLENBERG The First Christmas in Christ Chapel, 1973 MEMORIAL LECTURE “Bonhoeffer and Repentance: A Constructive Proposal for Christian Public ublic Witness,” Witness ” featuring Dr. Jennifer McBride.

OCTOBER 1, 2011 HOMECOMING AT GUSTAVUS Class reunions, athletic events, and the dedication ceremonyy ffor the New Academic Building. g

DECEMBER 2, 3, & 4, 2011 CHRISTMAS IN CHRIST CHAPEL “Julljus: J j Light g from the Old World; Light to the New” is the theme of the College’s 39th Ne annual musical Christmas worship an service. ser

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TH FESTIVAL OF SAINT LUCIA THE 71sst campus celebration of a Swedish hol holiday tradition

MOE LECTURE Featuring filmmaker, author, lecturer, and leading anti-sexism activist Jackson Katz. Two interactive workshops are scheduled for the following day.

JANUARY J A 4, 5, 12, 18, 24, 2 4 & 26, 2012

Homecoming circa 1970s

CO COMMEMORATING CONTROVERSY: THE U.S.-DAKOTA CO WAR OF 1862 SPEAKER SERIES W WA Lectures by six different experts will help Lec the campus and community see all sides of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

47TH ANNUAL NOBEL CONFERENCE “The Brain and Being Human” brings eight distinguished speakers and thousands of guests to the campus.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION Featuring Taylor Branch, Pulitzer-Prize winning biographer of Martin Luther King Jr.

March 10, 2012 OCTOBER 14, 15, & 16, 2011 FAMILY WEEKEND Includes a banquet, seminars, and music ensemble performances.



MARCH 25, 2012 MUSIC SHOWCASE AT THE TED MANN CONCERT HALL, MINNEAPOLIS Performances by the Gustavus Choir, the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Each will premiere a commissioned work.

MARCH 30, 2012 JANUARY 16, 2012

OCTOBER 4 & 5, 2011

St. Lucia, 1948

17TH ANNUAL BUILDING BRIDGES CONFERENCE A student-led, student-initiated diversity conference dedicated to promoting awareness of contemporary global social and justice issues.

EAST UNION SESQUICENTENNIAL GUSTAVUS GATHERING Featuring a service and special performance by the Gustavus Choir at East Union Lutheran Church, in the community where the idea for Gustavus was first voiced and where the College’s forerunner school, St. Ansgar’s Academy, was located.

Christ Chapel construction, 1961

APRIL 21, 2012

JUNE & JULY 2012

“150 YEARS OF FAITH AND 50 YEARS OF CHRIST CHAPEL” CELEBRATION Celebrating 150 years of faith at Gustavus, in conjunction with the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations gathering. Keynote address by ELCA bishop Mark Hanson.

ALUMNI READING GROUP An online reading group will be discussing Mary Beard’s The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, led by classics professor Matt Panciera.

APRIL 30 – MAY 4 OUT OF SCANDINAVIA Featuring playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri, whose play Invasion was translated by Gustavus alumna Rachel Willson-Broyles ’02.

RED WING SESQUICENTENNIAL GUSTAVUS GATHERING Featuring a service and special performance by the Gustavus Choir at First Lutheran Church, in the town where the Rev. Eric Norelius founded the school that would become Gustavus Adolphus College.

APRIL 1, 2012 CHISAGO LAKES SESQUICENTENNIAL GUSTAVUS GATHERING Featuring a service and special performance by the Gustavus Choir at Chisago Lakes Evangelical Lutheran Church, in the town that College’s first student, James Magny, called home.

APRIL 12, 2012 LINDAU SYMPOSIUM Featuring Charles Krauthammer, physician, Pultzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, and political commentator.

APRIL 16–17, 2012 JAMES MCPHERSON ’58 SESQUICENTENNIAL SCHOLAR Gustavus alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will be in residence, sponsored by the History Department.

GUSTAVUS AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR Visit the Gustavus booth in the Education Building at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together.”

AUGUST 31, 2012 START OF FIRST-YEAR ORIENTATION The Class of 2016 moves in.

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32ND MAYDAY! PEACE CONFERENCE “Multicultural Sweden.” Also includes a dance project focusing on the history, environment, and community that Gustavus embodies, created by noted choreographer Stephan Koplowitz and performed at multiple sites on campus.


OCTOBER 2 & 3, 2012 NOBEL CONFERENCE® 48 “Global Oceans”

MAY 5, 2012 HONORS DAY Annual convocation recognizing the academic achievements of Gustavus students. Also part of Honors Day Weekend are the Senior Honors Recital, a reprise of the Sesquicentennial dance first performed at Mayday, and the fifth annual Celebration of Creative Inquiry, a showcase of student research, scholarship, and creative work.

OCTOBER 13 & 14, 2012 HOMECOMING WEEKEND Official closing of the Sesquicentennial.

MAY 27, 2012 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES Graduation of the Sesquicentennial Class of 2012.

JUNE 21-24, 2012 AUGUSTANA HERITAGE ASSOCIATION REUNION Celebrating the history of the Augustana Synod, including a speciall presentation by Garrison Keillor on June 21.

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Note: The following article is the first of a five-part historical series that will be published serially in the Gustavus Quarterly to mark the College’s sesquicentennial.



n May of 1862, the congregation of Swedish Lutheran immigrants in Red Wing, Minn., appropriated 20 dollars so that their pastor, Eric Norelius, could equip their church for parochial school purposes. The other dozen congregations of the Minnesota Conference, part of the new Augustana Synod organized in 1860, were crying for trained pastors and teachers and, as Norelius was already influential among Swedish Lutherans in Minnesota, the conference now looked to him to instruct not only the children of his own congregation but also “older” students that other congregations might send to him. From that unlikely education experiment came Gustavus Adolphus College. The first “older” student at Norelius’s school was Jonas Magny (formerly Magnuson), a 20-yearold from the Chisago Lake Swedish community who arrived in Red Wing in late September 1862, joined the Norelius household, and was in fact the only student throughout the fall. Five students from the Carver congregation arrived in December after Norelius sent word to fellow pastors that “a school for Swedes” would open in the winter, and by the middle of January 1863, enrollment had

Part of the first Gustavus Family circa 1885


reached 11 (not counting his own congregation’s children). The school was coeducational from the beginning, some 20 years before any other Augustana institution could be called the same. The school was a short-term project for Norelius, but it was successful enough that the Minnesota Conference was willing to adopt it. The conference voted to relocate the school in East Union, a rural settlement in Carver County, and referred the matter to the Augustana Synod, which already was supporting Augustana College and Theological Seminary in Chicago. The synod unanimously adopted a constitution for the new school outlining a “right relationship” to its namesake school and giving it its first name— Minnesota Elementar Skola (which, in the Swedish system, indicated a preparatory or secondary school). When it opened in the fall of 1863, the school occupied a small log church building that had been erected by the East Union congregation but never completed. During the first winter and spring, it provided little protection from cold and drafts. In 1865, when Scandinavian Lutherans were commemorating the 1,000th anniversary of the

death of St. Ansgar, the “Apostle of the North,” the school’s name was changed to St. Ansgar’s Academy, and under that name it was incorporated. A campus of five acres, located a bit south of the church, was bought and presented to the school by some Scandinavian soldiers of Company H of the Ninth Regiment of the Minnesota Volunteers, and in 1866 the church building was partially torn down and rebuilt on the new land. The principal, or president, during all but one of the 13 so-called “Carver years” was the Rev. Andrew Jackson, who was also the chief—and often only—instructor as well as the treasurer, librarian, and janitor. (John Frodeen was named principal in 1873 but resigned a year later to return to school, forcing Jackson to return as acting head.) Tuition for students was five dollars each term. Progress was reported, but the school was slow to grow, and board and lodging were persistent problems for students. By 1872 the Minnesota Conference had appointed a committee, led by Eric Norelius and including his former student Jonas Magny, who was by then an ordained pastor, to consider an endowment fund for the academy; the committee’s report

First Freshman class circa 1882-83

Two new books commemorate the 150th Academic Year of Gustavus Adolphus College! Essentials for Gusties of all generations! Eric Norelius and his wife, Inga Charlotta – Norelius, pastor of congregations in Red Wing and nearby Vasa, Minn., was only 29 years old when he agreed to start a school for the youth of Minnesota Conference congregations. The first student, 20-year-old Jonas Magnuson (later Magny) of Chisago Lake, lived with the Norelius family when he arrived in Red Wing in late September 1862.

Available in the Gustavus Book Mark on campus and online at St. Ansgar’s Academy classes were initially held in the original log church built by the East Union congregation. When a new church was completed in 1866, the log building was torn down and rebuilt for the school on a nearby five-acre plot bought and donated by soldiers from Company H, Ninth Regiment of the Minnesota Volunteers. A second story was added for student rooms. Although the school relocated to St. Peter in 1876, the East Union building is still standing.

in February 1873 went beyond the endowment itself to note widespread dissatisfaction with the academy’s rural location. Norelius favored moving the academy to Minneapolis and secured promises of land and other donations from leading Minneapolis citizens. The conference accepted his plan in May of 1873, selected a new board of directors, and reincorporated the school as Gustavus Adolphus Literary and Theological Institute, in honor of Gustav II Adolf, the renowned Swedish king who created the gymnasia system of education that still exists in Sweden. But, due to the financial panic of 1873, anticipated donations did not materialize, and the conference was forced to postpone the move when it met in October. At that point, a delegation of five men from St. Peter approached the conference, asking on what terms their community might be selected

as the new site. The leader of the delegation was Swedish immigrant Andrew Thorson of Scandian Grove, an adventurer in the California gold rush who was now settled as a farmer and the register of deeds in Nicollet County. The other four were all prominent business leaders in St. Peter—none of them Swedish or Lutheran. The conference responded that a successful bid would include a campus site and $10,000 for a building fund. The St. Peter delegation’s subsequent bid was the only one the conference received, and it was accepted in February of 1874. Thorson managed to obtain sufficient pledges from the membership of the Swedish Lutheran Church in St. Peter, from the 200 members of his own Scandian Grove Lutheran Church—a large part of that church’s $3,000 pledge coming from him and his brotherin-law, Andrew Nelson, a board member of St. Ansgar’s Academy since 1872 who later became

CALENDAR AND SESQUICENTENNIAL MERCHANDISE The Sesquicentennial 16-month calendar features more than 100 photographs from Gustavus history! Visit the Book Mark (gustavus. edu/bookmark) for the calendar and more new and classic Gustie merchandise.

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treasurer of Gustavus—and from “Americans” (read that as non-Swedish citizens) in St. Peter. Ten acres of land on a mostly bare hillside on the west side of town had been donated for the campus, and a plan was submitted for a 60' x 90' three-story stone building (which some critics maintained was much too large and grandiose). Owing to construction disagreements and financial difficulties, the first academic term in the newly named Gustavus Adolphus College started a year late, on October 16, 1876, and even then the lecture rooms were not yet finished and the furnishings not in place. The building, which is now known as Old Main, housed up to 100 male students in 17 rooms on the top two floors, with library, lecture rooms, and professor’s office on the main floor and a dining hall, kitchen, and laundry in the basement. The school’s new head, the Rev. Jonas Nyquist, also lived in the basement with his family for a time. Norelius (who had been named president of the Augustana Synod in 1874), Nyquist, and Minnesota Conference leaders intended to make Gustavus Adolphus a college in fact as well as name as soon as circumstances permitted. But 1876 saw only 51 students and two instructors.

Students who had been at St. Ansgar’s were placed in the second class and the rest into the first class. Eventually, three distinct classes evolved with the addition of some preparatory students: one class prepared for entrance to the synod-flagship Augustana College, one was a high school course that extended from November to March, and the remaining one was a “normal” course of four years for teachers. Christianity, Latin, German, and singing were conducted in Swedish, while mathematics and more practical subjects were conducted in English. Music proved popular; the first College band was organized in 1878 and embarked on its first tour in 1881—going by train and wagon back to East Union! Nyquist had considered himself only a temporary leader but ended up remaining as president and teacher of the courses taught in Swedish for five years. Attendance exceeded 100 by 1880, when the Rev. Matthias Wahlstrom, a graduate of Augustana College who had attended and taught at St. Ansgar’s, joined the teaching staff, but the school was still experiencing financial instability. With voices within the conference again calling for a move to the Twin Cities, Nyquist tired of the struggle and announced his resignation.

The first graduating class of Gustavus Adolphus College, 1890 – Seated from left: John A. Holmes, Augustus Nelson, and Alfred C. Carlson; standing: Lars P. Lundgren, Solomon Eckman, John A. Youngquist, Peter M. Magnuson, and Joseph A. Jackson. The school’s board recommended that Wahlstrom be elected president, and he took on those responsibilities in 1881 pending formal selection, which came at the conference meeting in February 1882. He immediately announced his intention to make Gustavus a “complete college.” The first freshman class was introduced in 1881–82 and the first sophomore class in 1885. The first junior class appeared in 1888, with eight men in that class going on to become seniors in 1889 and graduate with the College’s first bachelor’s degrees in 1890. One of those graduates, John A. Youngquist, returned to join the faculty in 1892 and remained with the College for 50 years. Wahlstrom also embarked on a building program and made faculty hiring a priority. Buildings were erected on either side of the “Main” building in 1884 (North and South halls) to be women’s residences, and the president and his father personally built a home for his own family (later known as the White House) in that same year. A gymnasium—about the size of a country railroad depot—was built in 1886, financed largely through student subscription. A home for the new and growing music and commercial programs was completed in 1887 between South Hall and Main, at a cost of $7,000. The larger part of the faculty in the 1880s had theological training, but

The “Gustavus family,” circa 1885 – The group photo includes faculty members, students, and children from the academy. President Matthias Wahlstrom is the bearded man to the right of center in the front row.

Gustavus academy, 1887


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'FLAT GUS' Wahlstrom was also seeking college and university graduates. In 1882 he hired Jacob Uhler to teach mathematics and natural sciences; the “grand old man” would continue to teach—and live—on campus until 1937. Inez Rundstrom, Augustana College’s first woman graduate, was hired to teach French and mathematics in 1894 and remained on the faculty for 48 years. ***** Gustavus was growing, but space issues and the struggle for financial support threatened to sink the College. Look for Part Two of this short history, “Growth and Transition (1890–1913),” in the next issue of the Quarterly. Q The author, Steve Waldhauser, is a 1970 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College who returned to his alma mater in 1977 and is now director of editorial services and managing editor of the Gustavus Quarterly.

Selected Bibliography (The following histories were consulted in the course of writing this history.) Johnson ’25, Emeroy, A Church Is Planted: The Story of the Lutheran Minnesota Conference, 1851–1876 (Minneapolis, Minn.: Lund Press, 1948). Johnson ’25, Emeroy, God Gave the Growth: The Story of the Lutheran Minnesota Conference, 1876–1958 (Minneapolis, Minn.: T.S. Denison & Co., 1958). Lund, Doniver, Gustavus Adolphus College: A Centennial History, 1862–1962 (St. Peter, Minn.: Gustavus Adolphus College Press, 1963). Lund, Doniver, Gustavus Adolphus College: Celebrating 125 Years (St. Peter, Minn.: Gustavus Adolphus College Press, 1987). An update of the author’s A Centennial History. Peterson, Conrad, “Fifty Years of Gustavus Adolphus College,” in Breidablick (the 1912 Gustavus annual). Peterson, Conrad, A History of Eighty Years: 1862–1942 (Rock Island, Ill.: Augustana Book Concern, 1942). Peterson, Conrad, Remember Thy Past: A History of Gustavus Adolphus College, 1862–1952 (St. Peter, Minn.: Gustavus Adolphus College Press, 1953). A revision and update of A History of Eighty Years.

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Campus family circa 1889-92


Helland, Davis named Student-Athletes of the Year


he Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has announced the 2010–11 Female and Male Athletes of the Year. Janey Helland, a track and field competitor from Mapleton, Minn., and Whitaker Davis, a swimmer from Palatine, Ill., are the 11th annual recipients of the awards. They will be honored at the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, on Saturday, Oct. 15, in Alumni Hall on the Gustavus campus.


Helland won the national championship in the heptathlon at the NCAA Div. III Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a school record total of 5,061 points and finished second in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a school- and MIAC-record total of 3,526 points. She was named the Central Region Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Helland was also honored as the Outstanding Field Athlete by the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Track and Field Coaches at both the indoor and outdoor championships. The eight-time All-American in indoor and outdoor track and field was also a seven-time MIAC individual event champion including two times in the long jump indoors, once in the pentathlon indoors, two times in the long jump outdoors, and two times in the heptathlon outdoors. Helland was also a four-year letterwinner on the volleyball team as an outside hitter.

Davis capped off his outstanding career by finishing sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle and seventh in the 500yard freestyle at the NCAA championships, earning All-America honors in both events by virtue of finishing in the top eight. He helped the team finish 24th at the national meet. At the MIAC championships, Davis finished first in both the 500 and 1650 freestyle and set a new conference record in the 1650 with a time of 15:36.96 (breaking the old record of 15:48.27 held by his brother, Skylar ’10). He also posted a second-place finish in the 200yard freestyle and helped the team post a third-place finish at the conference meet. A three-time qualifier for the NCAA championships, Davis finished his career with four All-America certificates. Helland and Davis were selected from a group of 16 candidates (8 men and 8 women). To be a candidate for the Gustavus Athlete of the Year, an individual must have been selected as a Student-Athlete of the Month during the school year or put on the ballot by their head coach as a result of being selected their team’s Most Valuable Player. The winners are selected by a vote of the 15 Gustavus head coaches.

THE EIGHT FINALISTS FOR THE GUSTAVUS FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WERE: Kate Eggers, Montevideo, Minn. (sophomore, cross country); Sam Frank, Edina, Minn. (senior, tennis); Molly Geske, Mendota Heights, Minn. (junior, basketball); Janey Helland, Mapleton, Minn. (senior, track and field); Danielle Justice, Alexandria, Minn. (junior, hockey); Kelsey Lucia, St. Cloud, Minn. (first year, swimming); Kate Rentschler, Lakefield, Minn. (sophomore, softball); and Katie Schenfeld, Indianola, Iowa (senior, golf).

THE EIGHT FINALISTS FOR GUSTAVUS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR WERE: Jens Brabbit, Winona, Minn. (senior, nordic skiing); Whitaker Davis, Palatine, Ill. (senior, swimming); Alex Kolquist, Hermantown, Minn. (sophomore, golf); Matt Leeb, Kasota, Minn. (senior, track and field); Blair Riegel, Lakeville, Minn. (first year, track and field); Ross Ring-Jarvi, Anoka, Minn. (junior, hockey); Luke Strom, Plymouth, Minn. (senior, men’s soccer); and Phil Wirtjes, Des Moines, Iowa (senior, basketball).


Gusties post yet another Top 25 finish in NACDA Directors’ Cup standings


he National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Learfield Sports have announced the final totals for the 2010–11 Directors’ Cup, and Gustavus Adolphus College finished 21st out of 435 competing NCAA Division III schools. Gustavus earned a total of 573.75 points on the year, cracking the Top 25 for the 15th time in the 16-year history of the NACDA Directors’ Cup. The Directors’ Cup, the only allsports competition in intercollegiate athletics, is awarded to four-year institutions in the NCAA and NAIA with the best overall athletic programs. In Division III, standings are based on national tournament finishes in 18 sports, with points awarded based on the number of teams participating in each specific national championship. Williams College (Mass.) won the Division III title for the 13th straight year with a total of 1,147 points. Gustavus was the highest finishing member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in the NACDA competition. St. Thomas was the only other MIAC institution to finish in the top 30, placing 26th with 454 points. Gustavus recorded national finishes in nine sports including women’s golf (2nd, 90), women’s hockey (4th, 55), women’s tennis (9th, 64), women’s outdoor track and field (13th, 60.75), men’s golf (17th, 57), men’s tennis (17th, 50), women’s swimming and diving (19th, 55), nordic skiing (21st, 32), and men’s swimming and diving (24th, 50).


SPRING SPORTS REVIEW The Gustavus men’s and women’s athletic teams registered a very successful spring season, with men’s and women’s tennis teams claiming conference titles and the men’s and women’s track and field squads and the softball team posting second-place finishes. Both tennis teams went on to claim MIAC playoff titles and earn automatic berths in their respective NCAA tournaments. Others qualifying for NCAA tournament play included the men’s and women’s golf teams and members of the men’s and women’s track and field teams. The women’s golf team just missed a national title, finishing second to Methodist, while the men’s golf team finished 17th The women’s tennis team finished in a tie for 9th place and the men ended up in a tie for 17th at the NCAA championships. The women’s track and field team wrapped up the 2010–11 athletic year with a 13th-place finish at the national meet. The Gustie women finished second in the MIAC All-Sports standings behind St. Thomas, while the men finished third behind St. Thomas and St. Olaf.

Helland wins national heptathlon title


or the second year in a row, the Gustavus track and field program has crowned a national champion in dramatic fashion. This year, it is senior Janey Helland, who came from behind in the final event to win the NCAA Division III national title in the heptathlon, following last year’s dramatic finish by Max Hanson to win the 800-meter national title. Helland, who trailed Emma Dewart of Ithaca College by three points heading into the seventh and final event of the heptathlon, registered a career-best time of 2:19.47 in the 800-meter run to finish 46 points ahead of Dewart for the national title. It is the seventh individual event title claimed by Gustavus at NCAA outdoor championships. Helland’s total of 5,061 points shattered the school record of 4,762 set in 2008 by Kaelene Lundstrum ’10. She becomes only the fifth heptathlete to score over 5,000 points at the NCAA championships in Division III history; her total is the sixth-highest ever registered at the national meet. Helland posted personal best efforts in five of the seven events, including a time of 15.60 in the 100-meter hurdles, an effort of 5 feet, 4 1/4 inches in the high jump, an effort of 35 feet, 8 inches in the shot put, a toss of 123 feet, 4 inches in the javelin, and a time of 2:19.47 in the 800-meter run.

The 2011 MIAC champion Gustavus Adolphus College women’s tennis team.

The 2011 MIAC champion Gustavus Adolphus College men’s tennis team.

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Yungner, Schenfeld, and Frank named to CoSIDA Academic All-America Teams


hree standout Gustavus studentathletes capped off their careers by being named to the 2011 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America AtLarge Team. Hockey player Sara Yungner (Maple Grove, Minn.) received First Team honors, while golfer Katie Schenfeld (Indianola, Iowa) and tennis player Samantha Frank (Mahtomedi, Minn.) earned Second and Third Team distinction, respectively. Yungner, a four-year starter on defense, finished her career with 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points and became one of only 15 players in the program’s history to play in over 100 games. A three-time Academic All-MIAC honoree, Yungner graduated with a 3.96 GPA in biology. Schenfeld, a three-time All-America selection for the Gusties, finished third individually at this year’s NCAA championship and helped the team to a second-place finish. She is the only player in the program’s history to win the MIAC individual championship two years in a row (2009, 2010). A three-time Academic All-MIAC honoree, Schenfeld graduated with a 3.78 GPA in management. Frank, a two-time All-America selection, finished second in singles at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Small College Championships and became the first player in the program’s history to advance to the ITA championship singles match. A threetime Academic All-MIAC honoree, Frank graduated with a 3.72 GPA in biology.

Sara Yungner

Samantha Frank



Katie Schenfeld

LEGACY ‘Note-Worthy’ Philanthropy by JackieLynn Neeck Peterson ’77

Jon and Anita Thomsen Young ’77 ’77


very Christmas in Christ Chapel worship service concludes with a stirring rendition of “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The congregation and musicians anticipate it and eagerly join together to close the service with this favorite hymn. G. Winston Cassler’s arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful” has become such a treasured tradition that it is hard to imagine Christmas in Christ Chapel without it. But, what most people don’t know is that this arrangement of the familiar Christmas hymn was commissioned by Gustavus in 1976. Commissioned works are a way to give an ensemble a signature piece of music, something written especially for them. They expand the ensemble’s library of music literature in an extraordinary way, providing an opportunity for students to interact with today’s world-class composers and giving the ensemble the chance to present the premiere performance. In honor of the college’s 150th anniversary, Gustavus has commissioned new works for the Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Gustavus Wind

Ross and Ruth Trimbo Heilman ’73 ’73 Orchestra. Two of the compositions have been made possible by the generous philanthropy of Ross and Ruth Trimbo Heilman ’73 ’73 and Jon and Anita Thomsen Young ’77 ’77. These works will be premiered at Gustavus Music Showcase on March 25, 2012, at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Music was an integral part of the Heilmans’ Gustavus experience. They were members of the Gustavus Choir during the time the Schaefer Fine Arts Center was built and have fond memories of rehearsals, recitals, and concerts. Touring week put them on buses with fellow musicians, forging life-long friendships. The Heilmans established an endowment in 2000 that provides funds to commission sacred choral music for Gustavus on a regular basis. They recognize that commissioned compositions provide an extra bonus to the Gustavus Department of Music because the work carries the name of the Gustavus Choir. Gustavus gains recognition through publishing high quality choral music for the college. Composer Eric Whitacre is

composing the work commissioned for the Sesquicentennial. Jon and Anita Young were active in both choral and instrumental ensembles, including the Gustavus Jazz Band, where they played together—Anita at the keyboard and Jon on trombone. They also have great memories of touring with the Gustavus Band and Gustavus Choir, and Anita’s keyboard talents made her much in demand as accompanist for classmates’ recitals. The Youngs fund Jussi Björling Scholarships each year to aid student musicians and have made gifts to support the touring budget. They currently chair “Friends of Music,” a network of alumni, parents, and friends of Gustavus who have a strong interest in supporting music at the College. Anita and Jon are underwriting the cost of commissioning a work by composer James Stephenson for the Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Years after their graduations, Ross, Ruth, Jon and Anita are continuing to make great music at Gustavus. Their gifts will enrich the experience of today’s student musicians and advance the reputation of the Gustavus Music Department for years to come. A donor (or group of donors) is still being sought to underwrite the cost of the composition commissioned for the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra from composer Chen Yi. If you would like to know more about this philanthropic opportunity, please contact Jackie Peterson at jpeters9@ or 800-726-6192.Q

JackieLynn Neeck Peterson ’77 joined the Office of Institutional Advancement as a gift planner in April 2009.




Ross and Ruth consider their endowment a beautiful blend of their values of faith, family, and music. The endowment allows the College to commission a sacred choral piece every two years in perpetuity. This schedule makes it possible for every student involved with Gustavus vocal music to experience at least one of these premieres.

MARCH 25, 2012, 2 P.M. AT THE TED MANN CONCERT HALL, MINNEAPOLIS Featuring the Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Gustavus Wind Orchestra. Each ensemble will premiere a commissioned work at this event. Tickets will be available online at or by calling 507-933-7590.

ALUMNI, PARENTS, AND FRIENDS OF THE COLLEGE WITH AN INTEREST IN MUSIC Supports Jussi Björling Scholarships and ensemble tours. Contact Jackie Peterson at or 800-726-6192.

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LEGACY A ‘Targeted’ gift by Kari Clark ’91


s a high school student visiting Gustavus Adolphus College for the first time, Steven Andres ’10 recognized a community where he could find his perfect fit. “I really enjoyed the close-knit feel of Gustavus,” he says. “The friends I made while at school will be lifelong friends.” Steven, who grew up in Medina, Minn., went on to earn a degree in economics and management from Gustavus. Following his graduation in 2010, he took a position as a merchandise specialist at Target Corporation in Minneapolis. Steven credits his time at Gustavus with giving him the personal relationships, experience with leadership, and “rock-solid” education to help him begin and develop his career. As a new alumnus, Steven is actively involved in giving back to his alma mater. He has returned to speak about his work at Target for Assistant Professor Kathi Tunheim’s Organizational Behavior class. Steven, with his parents Richard and Chris Andres, also made a gift to support the

new academic building. Their gift will honor Steven’s former professor and name her new office space. “I took the most from Kathi’s classes and was able to apply it to life after Gustavus. So, when I was deciding what I wanted to do to support Gustavus, my first thought was to do something for Kathi. It felt like the least I could do after all the help she has given me over the last few years.” Gustavus and Kathi Tunheim are both honored to be recipients of the Andreses’ generosity. Their support helps ensure a strong and vital future for Gustavus. If you would like to discuss ways to make a similar gift to honor a professor, call the gift planning staff at 800-726-6192.Q

Steven Andres ’10 with mentor Kathi Tunheim, assistant professor of economics and management.

Kari Clark ’91, J.D., joined the institutional advancement staff in 2007 as a director of planned giving.


Tunnel Tourists As a thank-you for their participation in the Annual Fund’s Senior Class Legacy appeal, seniors were given tours of the College’s legendary tunnel system, where they were able to leave their mark on a wall. Senior Class Legacy committee co-chairs Phil Helt ’11 and Jenna Neisen ’11 were photographed in a tunnel during the Senior Week tours.



Want to travel to South Africa? Sign up to be part of the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Companion Tour of South Africa, Jan. 21–Feb. 1, 2012. Explore South Africa with Gustavus alumni, friends, and parents of orchestra members. The companion tour is a unique chance to learn about and see this country and also have the opportunity to share some wonderful music while traveling with the orchestra. Join travelers with Gustavus connections on an extraordinary journey. For more information on the 12-day tour, contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6193.



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Class Reunion Photos Homecoming 2011 and Sesquicentennial Kickoff Athletics Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Citations Sesquicentennial Regional Alumni Events A Tale of Two Hamlets First Decade Awards Greater Gustavus Award Service and Retirement Recognition Twin Cities and St. Peter Gustie Breakfasts Weddings Births Sesquicentennial Alumni Athletic Events In Memoriam

V Cold warriors thaw Thirty-five years ago, Greg Quist ’73 joined the U.S. Navy and became an F-14 Tomcat pilot. On March 19, 1983, a two-plane squadron of VF-142 Tomcats assigned to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and led by Lieutenant Commander Greg “Magic” Quist intercepted a Russian Tu-95 Bear maritime reconnaissance aircraft that was approaching too close to the carrier. LCDR Quist’s wingman, LTJG Thomas Prochilo, snapped a photo of the Tu-95 being escorted by Quist’s aircraft, with Quist and his radar intercept officer, LTJG Randy “Scotch” Dewar, clearly visible in the cockpit. The admiral of the Eisenhower’s Readex 1-83 battlegroup, liked the photo so much that he sent it to the press, and it was later published in Newsweek magazine.

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48 GUSTAVUS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION The mission of the Alumni Association is to facilitate among former students lifelong relationships with Gustavus and with each other, and to enable alumni to actively advance and engage in the mission of the College.

OFFICERS Jeffrey Heggedahl ’87, President & Ex-officio Member, Board of Trustees Christopher Rasmussen ’88, Vice President Randall Stuckey ’83, Executive Secretary Kelly Waldron ’84, Treasurer Ronald White ’75, Past President & Ex-officio Member, Board of Trustees

E-mail: Monk Mattke, St. Louis Park, is a retired insurance underwriter.

YEAR CLUB May 26, 2012

51 E-mail: Roy R. Johnson, Ambler, PA, is president of Waldrum Specialties, Inc. Q Elmer L. Luke, Maple Grove, is a volunteer coach for the Stillwater swim team.


60th Anniversary: 60th Anniversary: May 25–26, 2012 May 25–26, 2012

E-mail: Ihleen Nelson Gunderson, Sioux Falls, SD, sings with the choir at First Lutheran Church.

BOARD MEMBERS TERM EXPIRES FALL 2011 Jennifer Krempin Bridgman ’96, Alexandria, VA Adam Eckhardt ’08, Minneapolis, MN Jeffrey Heggedahl ’87, Minneapolis, MN Janna King ’76, Minneapolis, MN Richard Olson ’82, Edina, MN TERM EXPIRES FALL 2012 Sandra Luedtke Buendorf ’62, St. Peter, MN Sara Tollefson Currell ’95, St. Paul, MN Christopher Enstad ’96, Crystal, MN Brian Norelius ’96, Lindstrom, MN L. Charles Potts ’01, Richfield, MN Christopher Rasmussen ’88, Columbia Heights, MN Paul Schiminsky ’93, Las Vegas, NV Scott Swanson ’85, Edina, MN Gretchen Taylor ’08, Moorhead, MN

E-mail: Dick Bublitz, Woodland Hills, CA, co-owns Fibrenew West with son Rick Q Joan Flogstad Jordahl, Fridley, is retired from Minnesota Life/Securian Financial Group Q Phyl Johnson Wegner, Silverthorne, CO, celebrated her 55th wedding anniversary with her husband, Roger, on a cruise to New Zealand, Australia, and Tasmania.

56 E-mail: Jim Kittlesen, Faribault, is retired from


TERM EXPIRES FALL 2013 Catherine Asta ’75, Edina, MN Michael Dueber ’89, St. Paul, MN Luther Hagen ’88, Apple Valley, MN Gordon Mansergh ’84, Decatur, GA Jeffrey Marshall ’75, Houston, TX Kay Rethwill Moline ’56, St. Peter, MN Matthew Olson ’10, St. Paul, MN Tina Wold Royer ’78, Eveleth, MN Marisa Schloer ’09, Minneapolis, MN


Faribault Public Schools ISD #656 Q Clemmer G. Wait, St. Paul, is retired.


55th Anniversary: 55th Anniversary: May 25–26, 2012 May 25–26, 2012

E-mail: Douglas W. Johnson, Richfield, is retired from 3M Q Wally Johnson, Two Harbors, has written Following the Good Shepherds, a 52-week devotional Q Carole Swanson Minor, Chevy Chase, MD, is retired from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Q Dale H. Propp, Overland Park, KS, retired from Burlington Northern.

58 E-mail: Don Loomer, Santa Paula, CA, mentors young pastors.

59 E-mail: Duane Aldrich, Willmar, is retired from the Willmar Area Community Foundation Q Carol Sammelson Perkins, Red Wing, is retired.

60 E-mail: Barb Nordstrom Hanson, Red Wing, traveled to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands Q Jo Jensen Tollefson, New Brighton, is a parish nurse for Christ the King Lutheran Church and the community representative for the ethics committee at Unity/Mercy Hospitals.

Birthday boys

A group of Gustavus friends gathered to celebrate birthdays and their long-time friendships. Pictured from left are Clint Loomis ’51, Jim Whitney ’51, Wayne Ripley ’51, Clint Perkins ’52, Gordy Sandbaken ’51, and Ted Stoen ’50.

STUDENT MEMBER Megan Myhre ’11, Bloomington, MN

CLASS NEWS and information to be included in the Alumni section of the Quarterly should be sent to: Office of Alumni Relations Gustavus Adolphus College 800 West College Avenue St. Peter, MN 56082-1498 phone Q 800-487-8437 e-mail Q website Q




EMERITUS Jim “Moose” Malmquist ’53, Scandia, MN

Listening to ‘Nature’s Voices’

Susan Hansen ’59, South Lyon, MI, has published a new book of poetry and photographs titled Nature’s Voices, which contains her ruminations on faith, unexpected moments in nature, and the hope of peace. Hansen is the author of one previous book, Letters and Stories from an Up North Grandma. Nature’s Voices is available through the Gustavus bookstore, the Book Mark (ph. 507-933-7587), or directly from Hansen by e-mail (





E-mail: Carol Hansen Benson, Kandiyohi, volunteers with Rice Hospice Q Dennis L. Freeman, Ames, IA, is a registered representative at Capital Financial Services Q Don Fultz, Shoreview, is a volunteer companion congregation coordinator between Iringa Dioceses ELCT and the St. Paul Area Synod ELCA Q Judith M. Lenzen, Sun City West, AZ, is a retired physical therapist.

70th Anniversary Class – Class of 1941

Clinton Gass and Ray Erickson

50th Anniversary: 50th Anniversary: May 25–26, May 25–27,2012 2012

E-mail: The 50th Anniversary Reunion Planning Committee met on campus in June to make plans for the Class of 1962 reunion on May 25, 26, and 27, 2012. The reunion planning committee wants all of you to mark your calendars today and recommends that you make your reservations now at The Hilton Garden Inn in Mankato at 507-344-1111. A block of 25 rooms has been set aside for $99 per night. Just mention that you are part of the Gustavus Class of 1962 for this special rate. Two other locations in Mankato are the Holiday Inn Express (800-315-2621) and the Best Western (507-625-9333). More information about the reunion will be coming but make your plans now. The 50th Anniversary Reunion Planning Committee members are Jackie Falk Anderson, Karen Koehn Anderson, Roz Johnson Anderson, Betty Jensen Avant, Ed Blair, Linda Johnson Blanding, Gail Lindsey Breen, Sandra Luedtke Buendorf, Margo Callaghan, Sharon Maurer Edberg, Gail Nelson Helgeson, Sue Schreiber Kear, Audrey Kylander Kramer, Linda Jones Lawrence, Craig Martens, Diana Jacobson Martens, Jan Swanberg Mousel, Kay Estesen Mowbray, LouAnn Eckberg Reese, Louise Spong Rodine-Doucette, Jan Swanson Sammelson, Mark Skoog, Kermit Swanson, Dennis Anderson, Jon Buss, Matthew Eckman, Terry, Frazee, Al Henderson, Jan Eiffert Hoomani, Dennis Laingen, Ben Leadholm, Hap LeVander, Pete Lindell, John Lundblad, Carolann Belmont Minor, Dick Moody, Rolf Nelson, Joan Rahm Roy, Bruce Seatrand, Terry Skone, and Harvey Winje.

63 E-mail: Tim Gamelin, Jamestown, NC, is employed at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Q Janet Ryan Tidemann, St. Paul, retired as visitation pastor at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis at the end of 2010 after serving there for the past 21 years.

64 E-mail: Sharon Lossing Anderson, Minneapolis, is retired from H&R Block Q Bob Johns, Pleasantville, IA, is a retired salesman Q

V 60th Anniversary Class – Class of 1951 Front row: Joan Cravent Benson, Weldon Burchill, Marilyn Barnes Robertz, Joan Gustafson Sifford, Gordon Sandbaken, Marlys Akerson Chase, Carolyn Peterson Ruggles. Second row: Edward Benson, Dorothy Conrad Gaard, Dorothy Johnson Lutz, Clint Loomis, Marianne Ostrom Kjolhaug, Lowell Helstedt. Third row: Russell Paulson, Carol Matson Holcombe, Wayne Ripley, Jim Whitney, Warren “Bud” Hovren. Fourth row: Jack Peterson, Geraldine Erickson Thompson, Mildred Janzen Balzer, Paul Sifford, Lois Quam Erickson, Fred Tidstrom. Fifth row: Donn Larson, Robert E. Larson, Bill Robertz, Marilyn Street Turner, John Norman. Sixth row: Arthur Gaard, Roy “Dick” Johnson, Bob Smith, Don Borg, Lloyd Stivers, Rhoda Smith Nelson. Back row: David Johnson, Dwight Holcombe, Ken Bjorklund, Earl Leaf, Stan Benson, Ray Lundquist.

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GUSTAVUS ALUMNI 55th Anniversary Class – Class of 1956

Front row: Charles Parrish, Carol Lindberg Musser, Faye Reber, Carolyn Jens Brusseau, Kay Rethwill Moline, JoAnn Johnson Lundberg, Marlene Ibberson Satre, Joan Braun Krantz, Beverly Matson Gustafson. Second row: Barbara Carlson Ulven, Corrine Rhyne Holm, Charmaine Nelson Flen, Barbara Ford Olson, Miriam Johnson Eisele, Beverly Johnson Anton, Nancy Lea Roberts, Lucy Fogelstrom DeRemee, Joanne Johnson Satter. Third row: Janet Renquist Wiewel, Don Roberts, John Bonderson, Jo Cipra, Faith Walfrid Lindell, Joann Gould Knapp, Mona Amundson Burns , Ray Norling. Back row: Kent Musser, LeRoy Sanders, Bob Erdman, Alan Westberg, Clyde Allen, Roger Delgehausen, Gene Flaten.


Golden Anniversary Class – Class of 1961


Front row: Carolyn Wedin, Carol Villesvik Weston, Nita Swanson Anderson, Lorene Johnson, Lorraine Sandvig Carlson, Carol Weisbrod Johnson, Judy Johnson Chaffee, Joan Miller Hoffman, Gloria Eckberg Swenson, Sally Enstrom, Marilynn Clark Tanner, Jan Sanftner Elvekrog, Gwen Sorenson Feick, Karin Erickson Gaskell, Miriam Lind Lagus, Lowell Rasmussen, Alice Nelson Holm, Nancy Williams Rensink. Second row: Mary Nelson, Carol Hanson Benson, Miriam Lindberg Lagus, Kathy Moody Buegler, Joanne Larson Karvonen, Jo Hanson Johnson, Patti Maedl Krough, Pat Ecklund Fick, M. Joanne Linnee, Jean Stenstrom Eidsvold, Lorna Jafvert Reed, Judy Fairbanks Sandberg, Carol Olson Heath, Kay Johnson Palmquist, Judy Carlson Olson, Christine Olson Misewich, Sharon Richardson, Nan Dahl Carlson, Mary Strand Anderson. Third row: Richard Skoog, Jim Davis, Stu Johnson, Veryl Becker, Eloise Johnson Hayman, Paul Holm, Bruce Warner, Lyle Nelson, Ron Langness, Karen Westman Carlson, Kathy Bunde Thorsell, Nancy Hunziker Herforth, Dottie Van Campen Mau, Sandy Allumbaugh Bolin, Joanne Swenson Lippert, Virgene Grack Sehline. Fourth row: Julie Nelson Neyhart, Barbara Wellner Hokenson, Susan Dahl Doe, David Wettergren, Jim Krough, David Linne, Don Fultz, Dennis Freeman, Marilyn Swanson Burke, Mary Erickson Lindahl, Ruth Hilgendorf Weber, Phil Nord, Carol Cope Nord, Gary Hillman, Judie Brown Mortenson, Bruce Gray, Elsa Cornell. Back row: Ted Johns, Wayne Otto, Noel Estergren, Jim Knoble, Jon Fredlund, Paul D. Hanson, Paul K. Hanson, Arlyn Kettner, Sid Sehlin, Dale Gustafson, Bruce Kobs, Ralph Swenson, Jim Mortenson, Ruth Mattson Johnson, Robert Schwartz, Ken Nelson, Michael Blaese.

45th Anniversary Class – Class of 1966

Front row: Joan Augustson Kodet, Trudy Enlund-Johnson, Joan Benson Dornfeld, Karen Hoagland Mackenzie, Karen Bossart Rusthoven, Nancy Emerson Newson, Marilyn Chelgren Dashiell, Julia Hagen Accola. Second row: Ada Karlsson Kirscher, Luanne Nelson Bachman, Ruth Moody Tsu, Kirstie Lewis, Rachel Gilbertson Lind, Ardis Nelson Archer. Third row: Esther Peterson Martens, Kathy Glaeser Johnson, Joyce Henrikson Ramseth, Vicki Nelson Johnson, Virginia Carlson Hall, Mary Dahms Bierbrauer, Donna Gabbert Beck, Cheryl Downey. Fourth row: Richard Leider, Judy Boline Larson, Sharon Anderson Engman, Margaret Raedeke Holste, Susan England Hendrickson, Susan Tillman Hallin, Marcia Wilson Borgie. Fifth row: Char Peterson Senske, Katherine Wellington, Catherine Anderson Schoonover, Karyl Rommelfanger, Caroline Sandin Basley, Susan Skrukrud Haugland, Rosie Johnson Mix, Kay Olson Erickson. Sixth row: Dick Sundberg, Donley Johnson, Al Molde, Eric Gustavson, Gary Engen, Jim Heckenlaible, Bob Hoffman. Back row: Ron Martens, Howard Senske, Mark Anderson, Bill Lauman, John Menge, Daryl Bataldan, Phil Rogosheske.

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Homecoming 2011, featuring the Sesquicentennial and Campaign Kick off Dinner Please join us as we kick off the College’s Sesquicentennial with a homecoming celebration. Join Gusties of all ages in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Gustavus, a very important and historic time for the College. There are many exciting events that you do not want to miss. Traditional homecoming festivities and a football game will be combined with a Sesquicentennial and Campaign Kickoff Dinner, the dedication of the New Academic Building, class reunions, a “bounce house” for kids, and of course, plenty of Gustie spirit. We look forward to seeing you for Homecoming Weekend 2011!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 5–6:15 p.m.


5:30 p.m.

HOMECOMING PARADE Arboretum to Norelius

6:30 p.m.


9 p.m.

CLASS OF 1981 GATHERING City Center Hotel, Mankato


CLASS OF 1971 BREAKFAST A LA CARTE, Evelyn Young Dining Room

9–10:30 a.m. COFFEE WITH THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT Mattson Hall 9 a.m.

9:15 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

10 a.m.–noon DEPARTMENTAL OPEN HOUSES, New Academic Building (Communication Studies, Economics and Management, History, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology) 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.


11 a.m.–noon CLASS OF 1986 GATHERING The Dive 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Noon

CHEMISTRY SYMPOSIUM Wallenberg Auditorium, Nobel Hall CLASS OF 1971 GOLF Shoreland Country Club

Noon – 2:30 p.m.


10 a.m.

CAMPUS TOUR Admission Office

10 a.m.


CENTER FOR SERVANT LEADERSHIP OPEN HOUSE Johnson Student Union FOOTBALL ALUMNI GATHERING, Lund Forum CLASS OF 1996 LUNCH Hospitality Tent CLASS OF 2001 LUNCH Lind Interpretive Center, Linnaeus Arboretum HOSPITALITY TENT FOR REUNION YEARS North of Hollingsworth Field


CHEMISTRY LUNCH Hospitality Tent



12:30 p.m.


SPRING REUNION – SAVE THE DATE Mark your calendars today for Spring 2012 reunions, May 25 & 26, 2012. Reunions are planned for the College’s Centennial Class of 1962, the Class of 1967, and the entire 50 Year Club including 1942, 1947, 1952, and 1957. Special note to the Class of 1967: Volunteers are needed to help plan your 45-Year Reunion. If you would like to help, contact Erin Wilken ’02 at or call 507-933-7595.



1:30 p.m.


3–6 p.m.

CLASS OF 1986 BBQ The Dive

5–8 p.m.

CLASS OF 1991 GATHERING New Academic Building

5–8 p.m.

CLASS OF 1996 GATHERING New Academic Building

6 p.m.

CLASS OF 1971 GATHERING Lind Interpretive Center, Arb

6 p.m.

CLASS OF 1981 DINNER Verizon Center, Mankato

7 p.m.

CLASS OF 1976 DINNER Stella’s, Minneapolis (Mezzanine)

7:30 p.m.

CLASS OF 2001 GATHERING Stella’s (Banquet Room)

8 p.m.

CLASS OF 2006 GATHERING Stella’s (Lake Street Room)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m.

1981 CLASS BRUNCH City Center Hotel, Mankato


Donna Sederburg Ogle, Chicago, IL, is president of the Reading Hall of Fame.

65 E-mail: Philip T. Johns, Whitewater, WI, is retired from the chemistry department at the University of Wisconsin Q Arlyn L. Tolzmann, Elgin, IL, is a fulltime interim senior pastor at Bethany Lutheran.

66 E-mail: Gary D. Engen, Mounds View, teaches biology and coaches football at Mounds View High School Q Judy Lauer Pede, Grass Valley, CA, is an active bridge player who competes in national events Q Catherine Anderson Schoonover, Mahtomedi, is an RN supervisor at Cerenity Care Center in White Bear Lake Q Anthony Soo, North Burnaby, BC, is a retired school principal.


45th Anniversary: 45th Anniversary: May 25–26, 2012 May 25–26, 2012

E-mail: Dennis L. Oltmans, Quarryville, PA, is a retired chemist Q Jeanne Mingus Tolzmann, Elgin, IL, volunteers at the Bethany Preschool and Head Start Program.

68 E-mail: Bruce Gross, Windom, is a district court judge in the Fifth Judicial District Q Linnea Langsjoen Hagemeister, Battle Lake, is a retired professor of music theory and piano Q Carmen Maglaya Morris, Brooklyn Park, is retired from Target Corporation Q JanaLee Sponberg, Alexandria, VA, is retired from the Department of Defense.

69 E-mail: Tanya Wasenda Bergman, Palatine, IL, is a retired manager Q Les G. Carpenter, Plains, MT, is a retired teacher Q Elizabeth A. Heppner, Boulder, CO, is a retired occupational therapist Q Karen Werner Herrmann, Plainfield, IL, is retired from teaching Q Cheryll Armstrong Kaukis, Stillwater, OK, is a pastor at Emmanual Lutheran Church Q Tom Philpot, Lummi Island, WA, is a product manager at Technical Controls Q Kay Krusemark Schuller, Naperville, IL, is retired from hospice work.

70 E-mail: Marcia H. Gustafson, Burlington, VT, was recognized as the Vermont Department of Health Outstanding Employee of the Year Q Jan Paulson Tenold, Ogilvie, is a retired teacher Q Ralph Yernberg, Fort Collins, CO, is employed at Thrivent Financial.


40th Anniversary: 40th Anniversary: Sept. 3030 && Oct. 1, 1, 2011 Sept. Oct. 2011

E-mail: Dennis Bengtson, Cornelius, NC, is retired and enjoys playing with his grandchildren Q James Lobdell, Inglewood, CA, is celebrating 32 years as pastor of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Q Mary Parkin Rasmussen, Fargo, ND, teaches in the West Fargo Public Schools and celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary with her husband, Dave, in Crete this spring Q Carol Haugen Stabenow, Stillwater, is retired from teaching Q Daryl Swee, Albert Lea, is a retired teacher.

72 E-mail: George H. Lindy, Lino Lakes, is a retired dentist Q Julie Myles, Arden Hills, is a retired teacher Q Jamesetta Alexander Newland, White Plains, NY, was selected as 2011 Nurse Practitioner of Excellence for New York State by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

73 E-mail: Linda Bergstrom, Salt Lake City, UT, was named a fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives Q Ross Heilman, Madison Lake, was one of 17 financial representatives inducted into the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors Thrivent gives Q Ngozi Mensah, Boynton Beach, FL, is a science teacher Q Genella L. Mussell, Zumbrota, is a retired RN Q Patti Randa Rude, Eden Prairie, is a retired French and Spanish teacher Q Steven M. Rude, Eden Prairie, is a retired chemistry teacher Q Mark J. Sallmen, Pietarsaari, Finland, is a licensed Finnish tour guide Q Victor S. Shaffer, Memphis, TN, is employed at the Marshall County School System Q Kathy Orshek Zils, Libertyville, IL, is a retired teacher.

Cold warriors thaw (continued from page 31)

Fast forward to 2011, almost exactly 28 years later. Greg—now living in Houston, Texas, and a commercial pilot for Southwest Airlines—received an e-mail from an Internetsavvy crew member of that same Russian aircraft! The crew member, Viacheslav Platonov, had hunted him down via Google Search after finding the photo and ID caption in Navy archives and confirming that Greg had been a Navy pilot. His first message to Greg, titled “You might have intercepted me,” is printed below. Dear Greg, Recently, when I was surfing the Internet, looking for those events that had taken place during the “Cold War” (you know what I mean) I was quite surprised to see the Greg “Magic” Quist ’73 picture with a text underneath . . . It was my flight (as a member of the crew) on board of Tu-95 Bear aircraft when our couple of aircraft were on their way to Cuba in March of 1983. Can you imagine? . . . I was so much excited to read about [the photo] and immediately I decided to google LCDR Greg Quist and the searching machine provided me your facebook page, isn’t it fantastic? . . . So, now I am almost sure that it was your couple of F-14 who intercepted our Tu-95 aircraft. My “sky-mate”? Is it correct to say so in English? What do you think about it? I look forward to hearing from you asap, it is so fascinating, to trace back all those events and find people, related to those events. Best wishes, Viacheslav Platonov Greg replied and sent Viacheslav a Skype message, which he returned. “I hope to hear a lot more from him,” Greg says. “I assume from his résumé that he was a language translator on that Tu-95.” Referring to the photo that brought him and Viacheslav together again, Greg notes, “In that formation position . . . you can literally hear and feel the growling moan of the giant fourbladed (dual counter-rotating) props on each turbine engine right through our canopy and helmets. An amazing machine it was. What a thrill for me to get Viacheslav’s e-mail.”

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35th Anniversary: 35th Anniversary: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 1, 2011 Sept. 30–Oct. 2011



E-mail: Janet Weatherhead Borcheller, Fairfax, VA, is a public health nurse and pursuing a master of public health degree with a global health concentration at George Mason University Q Tim Humphrey, Las Vegas, NV, is employed at NV Energy Q Gregory E. Korstad, Plymouth, was elected to the board for Friendship Ventures.

E-mail: Sandra Trygg Hulet, Plymouth, is director of training, global products and services, and communication at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Q Jim Krave, Menomonie, WI, is an attorney Q Scott E. Olson, North Mankato, graduated from Luther Seminary in May with a doctor of ministry degree in Congregational Mission and Leadership Q William C. Vincent, West Burlington, IA, is a general surgeon Q Monica Welwert, Luxembourg, is a translator and terminologist at European Commission.

75 E-mail: Paul Heckt, Bloomington, is an attorney and president of Special Planning, LLC Q Mary Ann Hurst, Camden, SC, is a jazz singer Q Glenn G. Johnson, Two Harbors, is a data integrity supervisor at 50 Below Sales and Marketing Q Brad Hanson, Bloomington, is the Eastern divisional sales manager for HighMark Capital, the investment division of Union Bank.

77 E-mail: John E. Anderson, Hayward, WI, is employed at Arclin Incorporated Q James T. Bergeson, Urbandale, IA, is employed at Sirius Computer Solutions Q Barb Lunde Kvale, Toledo, OH, is an RN at Spring Meadows Senior Care Facility Q David Linnes-Bagley, Minneapolis, is retired from Delta Airlines Q Yvonne Magnuson Salmonson, Cannon Falls, is a parish nurse at Spring Garden Lutheran Church.

Athletics Hall of Fame October 15, 2011 Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, in Alumni Hall, following the football game vs. Bethel. Selection of athletes and coaches is based upon athletic achievement as students or coaches at Gustavus; benefactors are selected for significant and consistent contribution to intercollegiate athletics. The Hall of Fame Moment this year is the 1991 Women’s Gymnastics National Championship, won on the final routine of the meet. Team members are invited to return to reminisce about this memorable sports moment.

Inductees Owen Sammelson ‘58, benefactor Amanda Murdock Diehl ‘92, gymnastics Jay Klagge ‘92, basketball Bryan Ripken ‘94, swimming Todd Anderson ‘95, soccer Tracy Erickson McMorrow ‘95, tennis Scott Moe ‘95, golf Laura LeVander Peters ‘96, softball Colleen Barland Sherman ‘96, soccer 1991 Women’s Gymnastics National Championship – Hall of Fame Moment Banquet tickets are $15 per person. Reservations are requested by October 7. Call the Alumni Relations Office at 800-487-8437, e-mail, or register online at the Alumni Events section of the Gustavus website at www.gustavus. edu. Tickets for the banquet will be held at a registration desk near Alumni Hall. Tickets for the football game may be purchased at the gate.



78 E-mail: Pat Johnson Blacker, Chisholm, is retired from Delta Airlines Q Joette Zesbaugh Gilbert, Edwards, CO, started Vail Valley Magazine Q Marcia Kallgren Sailor, Wayland, MA, is employed at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.

79 E-mail: Steven Anderson, Rosemount, is a sales representative at Quality Manufacturing Inc. Q Linda Hanninen Carlyon, Maple Grove, is a nurse manager at Bright Star Home Care Q Brian D. Johnson, Omaha, NE, is retired from ConAgra Frozen Foods Q The History Theatre of St. Paul showcased a production of Kevin Kling’s Tale of Twin Cities, featuring storyteller Kevin Kling and accordionist Simone Perrin, from March 10 to April 3, 2011, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Gradon Royce profiled the two performers in a feature story that ran in the Variety section of the Sunday paper on March 13 Q Debra A. Neuger, Edina, is a principal at Touchpoint Consulting Q James A. Roberts, Excelsior, is a managing director for RBC Global Asset Management U.S.

80 E-mail: Dan C. Gustafson, Shoreview, is director of finance at BAE Systems.


30th Anniversary: 30th Anniversary: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 2, 2011 Sept. 30–Oct. 2011

E-mail: Jean Andreasen, St. Paul, is administrative specialist for the North Central Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program Q Nancy K. Augst, Winter Haven, FL, is a medical technologist at Mid-Florida Medical Center Q Sarah McGoon Bergstrom, Edina, is an autism consultant for Edina Public Schools ISD #273 Q Joel Frederiksen, Munich, has released a new album, titled Rose of Sharon Q Nancy Haining Huninghake, Oak Grove, is an autism specialist at St. Francis School District #15 Q Diane M. Nelson, St. Paul, is an RN at St. Paul Children’s Hospital Q Amy Linner Quarberg, Stillwater, is a health and vitality coach at Soul Power Coaching and a hospital supervisor at Woodwinds Hospital Q Carolyn Peterson Schulze, Bettendorf, IA, is an ECSE teacher at Clinton Community School Q Dean R. Stambaugh, New Brighton, is manager of technology infrastructure and desktop support for U.S. BanCorp Asset Management Q Tim Swanson, Woodbury, is a senior lending officer at Cortrust Bank in Woodbury.


2011 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI CITATION The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as that which would bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.

Mark Thomsen ’78 Photo by Wayne Schmidt

from his award ceremony introduction by John McKay, professor emeritus of music


any of you may be asking, what does an operatic tenor do? It sounds glamorous but somewhat remote, other-worldly, “artistic.” I was going to add “non-Scandinavian,” except that would rule out Jussi Björling! What does this profession require? First, a beautiful, powerful, and flexible voice. Mark studied voice in the studio next to the one in which I taught piano. Even though the studios were well insulated acoustically, when Mark had his lessons, I would ask my student to stop playing, and just listen to Mark for a while. I said, many times, “We’ll be paying big bucks to hear that voice one day.” In the last few decades, good looks and good acting are essential. If you think that operatic singers still look like male or female versions of the Michelin man, you haven’t been around an opera house lately, or seen the videocasts from the Met. Check out Renee Fleming or Anna Netrebko. Try to catch Thomas Hampson or Nathan Gunn . . . or Mark Thomsen. No longer do singers simply stand and sing. Mark is a superb singing actor, and has, for instance, shown the world what a sympathetic character Don Ottavio can be—a role normally considered weak or unsympathetic. Mark’s career began here at Gustavus, followed by a two-year apprenticeship with the Minnesota Opera, a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, and three years with the Houston Opera Studio. At that point, Mark started to freelance and was often hired by the Houston Opera. He was also a regular for many seasons with the Santa Fe Opera and sang in Vienna’s Staatsoper and Volksoper. After his first year in New York, Mark was awarded the New York City Opera Debut Artist of the Year award. Twice he won the Pavarotti Award at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council auditions. Not only must opera singers have prodigious memories, but they must sing in at least Italian, German,

French, and English. Now singers are also singing Russian operas in Russian and Czech operas in Czech. It is not enough merely to memorize the roles in the appropriate languages, but singers must speak these languages fluently to be able to live in the various cities where new productions are being rehearsed and performed. Mark is renowned for his interpretations of Mozart’s Italian and German operas, as well as for standard French roles such as Faust and Don Jose; 19th-century Italian roles such as Pinkerton and Cavaradossi; and German roles such as Flamand in Strauss’s Capriccio. Mark has even sung Lensky from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in Russian, as well as many operas by contemporary American composers. Finally, something which Mark has in abundance, as attributed by his many glowing reviews and audiences’ accolades throughout the world—charisma. Charisma is the icing on the cake of the beautiful voice, skill in acting and languages, the training, and experience. Two years ago, Mark substituted for ailing tenor Neil Shicoff on the opening night of the season at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Mark sang Don Jose opposite the Carmen of Denyce Graves. Here is an extract of the reviews: “Credit for saving opening night went to Thomsen. When a large bouquet came flying over the orchestra pit at the curtain calls, Graves picked it up, extracted one red rose and presented it to the tenor. It was an echo of the action in Act I, but it was also a way of saying ‘Thank you.’” “Because Shicoff bowed out, Denyce Graves acquired a tall, good-looking, and vocally capable new Jose in the person of Mark Thomsen. With him in place, we got some real fire in an opera that requires dramatic commitment from all its participants.” Mark has brought great distinction to himself, his alma mater, and his profession.

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SESQUICENTENNIAL ALUMNI EVENTS REGIONAL ALUMNI EVENTS have been scheduled during the 2011–12 school year to bring the College’s Sesquicentennial celebration to Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends living throughout the United States! These events will include updates from College officials and a sesquicentennial presentation by President Jack Ohle. Check the list below to find an event in your area. Time and location details will be forthcoming. Visit the Sesquicentennial website at, or call the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437.

November 10, 2011 . November 12, 2011 . November 17, 2011 . November 19, 2011 . January 17, 2012 . . . January 19, 2012 . . February 7, 2012 . . February 9, 2012. . February 18, 2012 . February 19, 2012 . February 20, 2012 February 21, 2012 . February 21, 2012 . February 25, 2012. March 16, 2012 . . . March 18, 2012 . . . March 30, 2012 . . . March 31, 2012 . . . April 1, 2012. . . . . . April 24, 2012 . . . . April 26, 2012 . . . . April 28, 2012 . . . . June 5, 2012 . June 18, 2012. June 19, 2012. June 25, 2012 June 26, 2012 June 27, 2012 July 16, 2012 . July 17, 2012 .



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82 E-mail: Bonnie Beckstrom Byman, Minneapolis, is employed at US Bank Q Mona Anderson Gerike, Chaska, is an HR director at Bluestem Brands, Inc. Q Jim A. Hearn, Houston, TX, owns Triumph Club Management Q Elizabeth Neuman Jones, Hopkins, is a para and communications liaison in the Hopkins School District Q Tom A. Niebeling, Chaska, was one of three finalists for the 2011 Family Physician of the Year Award Q Lisa Nuebel Radley, Eden Prairie, is an inside national partner manager at Shoretel.

83 E-mail: Jeff A. Bakk, Medina, is a product director at Dashboard Gear Q Margaret A. Bom, Bloomington, is employed at Trustone Financial Q Beth Groehler Davis, Eden Prairie, is on the nursing faculty for the Minnesota State Colleges Q Janet Chapin Engvall, Barrington, RI, is employed at Miriam Hospital Q Janet Suppes Fitzgerald, Lakeville, is a special education teacher in District 196 Q Cynthia L. Hendricks, Minneapolis, is assistant to the president and secretary to the board of trustees at Macalester College Q Craig W. Jergenson, Maple Grove, is employed at Zigler and Associates Q Brenda Butturff Johnson, Chatfield, is an associate professor at St. Mary’s University Q Susan Westurn Klein, Coon Rapids, is employed at Edelwiess Home Care Q Chuck D. Ostrom, St. Louis Park, is in marketing at Allianz Life Insurance Q Nancy Gilbert Ostrom, St. Louis Park, is employed at Nestle Healthcare Nutrition Q Ling Shen, Demarest, NJ, is employed at Winco Q Mark T. Tesdall, Red Wing, is employed at Red Wing Chevrolet.

84 E-mail: Kristen Stoohs Babcock, Lakeville, is director of catering at Embassy Suites-St. Paul Downtown Q Cathy Macaulay Burlager, Shakopee, teaches first grade in Shakopee Schools ISD #720 Q Andrea G. Estrem, Minneapolis, is employed at ATR International Q Scott T. Hagen, Tampa, FL, is a major in the Army Q Susan L. Holmes, Tacoma, WA, is director of vision at World Vision Q Elaine J. Ito, Minneapolis, is employed at Bodyworks Physical Therapy Q Kris K. Lange, Oakland, CA, is a director in human resources Q Britta Hunter McColl, Fountain City, WI, is self-employed Q Steve Mohn, Eden Prairie, owns ROI Pathways Q John V. Owens, Washington, DC, has joined the board of directors of Movilway Q David N. Soltau, Excelsior, is the vice president at Wedush Securities Q Alan O. Vogt, Wayland, MA, is an IT consultant at NWN Corporation.


85 E-mail: Scott D. Fritz, Princeton, is employed at the First National Bank of Elk River Q Raymond H. Jacobson, Houston, TX, is a scientific review officer for the National Institute of Health Q Charles H. Schmidt, Skokie, IL, has released a CD of original compositions for guitar titled Xanthe Terra.


25th Anniversary: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 2011

E-mail: Scott W. Edblom, Cincinnati, OH, is senior vice president of product management at Western and Southern Financial Group Q Lee Glenna, Edina, is a managing director for midwest equity sales at Canaccord Genuity Q Bill J. Larson, Eagan, is the information systems director at Travelers Insurance Q Kent W. Lindberg, Denver, CO, is employed in the EHS department at Encana Q Peter E. Lund, Minnetonka, is employed at Park Nicolett Health Services Q Steve T. Mann, Farmington Hills, MI, is director of sales at Oregon Scientific Q Maurice C. Simbler, North Little Rock, AR, is self-employed Q Laura Danielson Smith, Rochester, is a nursing education specialist.

88 E-mail: James P. Axford, Windom, is an EMT with the Windom Ambulance Service Q Todd T. Card, Hutchinson, is employed in the Hutchinson Public Schools Q Laurie Voit Fenwick, Woodbury, is manager of compensation at Securian Financial Group Q Marc A. Gross, New Canaan, CT, is a vice president, systems operations, planning, and control for JetBlue Airways Q Michael A. Hansen, Columbus, OH, is

E-mail: Kari Duong-Topp, Apple Valley, is a case management supervisor at HealthPartners Q Char Henn, Red Wing, is director and CEO of Goodhue County Historical Society Q Tracey Plaisted Johnson, Prior Lake, is employed at Merck Q Nicole St. Dennis Odermatt, Minneapolis, teaches social studies in the Minneapolis School District Q Brad Putney, Hackensack, is founder of and photographer at True North Photography Q Julie A. Swenson, Minneapolis, is employed at Target Q Corie Thul, Logan, UT, is a pastor at Prince of Peace

Nyhus visits Gustavus . . . Alaska Peter Nyhus ’60, Park Rapids, MN, traveled to Alaska last spring and stopped by Gustavus, Alaska, sporting his Gustavus stocking cap. Nyhus is a retired financial planner and was instrumental in organizing the Gustavus football team’s five-day service trip and game in Cancun, Mexico, last May.





E-mail: Jackie Attlesey-Pries, Rochester, is a nurse administrator at Mayo Clinic Q Julie Latterell Dickinson, Spring Valley, WI, is a managerfunds/accounting at St. Paul Foundation Q Mark S. Hanson, Edina, is a senior risk manager for Land O’Lakes, Inc. Q Katrina Ritter Krueger, Boise, ID, is a senior sales consultant for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Q Sandra Setter Larsen, Rosemount, is athletics director/ assistant principal at Eagan Senior High School Q Michele Vossen Martin, Plymouth, is a managing director at JP Morgan Q Kathleen Howe Prouty, Plymouth, is the HR/ IT manager at Minnetonka Animal Hospital Q Mark R. Roesner, Lakeville, is employed at Total Filtration Services Q Lisa Wright Rutt, Lakeville, teaches in the Prior Lake/Savage ISD #719 Q Kari Hovda Schlachter, Poulobo, WA, is employed at Harrison Memorial Hospital Q Gretchen Wagoner Touchette, Dundas, is a legal assistant at Larson King Q Jim Wade, Bolton, MA, is the vice president of corporate mission assurance at Raytheon.

a software developer at NationWide Q Cassie Loggins-Mitchell, Chicago, IL, is a labor and employee relations officer at General Services Administration Q Karen M. Lundquist, Savage, is director of corporate communications at Otto Bock HeathCare Q Steve McCarthy, Lino Lakes, is a process scientist at Diasorin Q Susan Koch Myers, Colorado Springs, CO, is employed with ReMax Real Estate Q Julee Norberg-Hitz, Marshfield, WI, is an information systems trainer at Marshfield Clinic Q Molly Zrust Perry, Buffalo, is director of academics at All Star Tutoring Q Mark Schuchard, Coralville, IA, is employed at KJWW Engineering.

Gusties view work of Iringa Diocese in Tanzania Last February five Gusties were a part of a group of 13 people who traveled to Tanzania to see the work of the partnership with the St. Paul Area Synod and the Iringa Diocese. The group experienced the work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania at Tumaini University, Image Secondary School, Ilula Hospital, Huruma Orphanage, and in diocese congregations. Ted Johns ’61 (left) and Don Fultz ’61 (right) were with five other men who started together at Augustana Seminary in Rock Island, IL, 50 years ago. Pictured between Johns and Fultz are Marietta Bittrich Johns ’63, Janyce Helgeson Olson ’62, and Eunice Holm Fultz ’63.

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Lutheran Church Q Tim N. Thurber, Richmond, VA, is employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Q Diane A. Weinkauf, Lindenhurst, IL, is a safety writer with Baxter Pharmaceutical.

90 E-mail: Brian M. Ebent, Waconia, is an operations manager at Colony Specialty Insurance Company Q Kevin P. Hanson, Colby, WI, is employed at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home Q Krista Gross Jass, Mankato, was appointed as a district court judge in the Fifth Judicial District

Erratum: In the Summer 2011 issue of the Quarterly, we managed to give Peter Terry ’92 his wife’s job. There should have been two entries: Peter Terry ‘92, Crystal, is a family practice physician at Blaine Medical Center. Wendy Barth Terry ‘94 is executive pastor at The Well Church in Crystal.

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Minneapolis, was named a 2011 Minnesotan on the Move by Finance & Commerce Q Jim Loe, Ladysmith, WI, is president of Pioneer Bank of Wisconsin.



20th Anniversary: 20th Anniversary: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 2011 Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 2011

E-mail: Gregg J. Aamot, Willmar, is a journalism instructor at Ridgewater College and Southwest Minnesota State University and a freelance journalist Q Nancy Scott Concepcion, Conifer, CO, is a global product manager for Rio Tinto Minerals Q Marie Brown Dammann, Sanborn, is a service writer for Fox Brothers International Q Robb C. DeCorsey, Jordan, is president of the Minnesota State Tennis Club Association Q Doug A. Detisch, New Prague, is a technical writer at B. F. Goodrich/ Rosemount Aerospace Q Matt L. Goodrich, Newport, WA, is a pastor at American Lutheran Church Q Randall R. Gunderson, Prior Lake, is a partner at Olson and Company Q Jeff Hatfield, Marquette, MI, is a self-employed farmer Q Brad L. Johnson, Eden Prairie, is CEO of North Central Instruments Q Elise Lundeen-Detisch, New Prague, is an English teacher at St.



At U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals

David and Barbara Lindberg Arlander ’63 ’63, Rochester, MN, enjoyed the sun at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals meet in Mesa, AZ, last April. David (“Spider”) was a member of the Gustavus swim team 1959–63 and started swimming competitively again after retiring from teaching in 1999. Besides currently holding two Minnesota State age group records for the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke, he won three bronze medals in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard breaststroke at the Mesa meet. Arlander is training to outlive the competition with the goal of coming in first at some future meet. Barb continues to be his number-one supporter and fan.


92 E-mail: Nikki Swenson Gunderson, Prior Lake, is employed in the Prior Lake school district Q Jeff W. Nelson, Middleton, WI, is a senior research specialist at the University of Wisconsin Q Jennifer Lewison Schultz, Mount Vernon, WA, is employed at Salem Lutheran Q Peter J. Terry, Crystal, is a family practice physician at Blaine Medical Center Q Melissa Mack Thompson, Viroqua, WI, is employed at Vernon Memorial Hospital.

93 E-mail: Ross V. Bloomquist, Stillwater, is executive vice president at Financial One Credit Union Q Dan Domagala, Minneapolis, is director of marketing at DKY Q Monique M. Malone, Geismar, LA, is a special education teacher at Ascension High School Q Jill Fischli Miller, East Helena, MT, is an elementary school principal for East Helena Public Schools Q Lyanne Grandstrand Peterson, Taylors Falls, is employed at Fairview Lake Medical Center Q Janeen Laatsch Ruby, Jackson, is employed at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Q Kara Marschke Sokol, Evanston, IL, is employed at Northshore University Health Systems Q Megan Briggs Speers, Hopkins, was a finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year Q Andrew J. Voorhees, North Oaks, is employed in marketing at 3M Q Karin Johnson Wald, White Bear Lake, is employed at Bell Mortgage.

Loomer receives honorary degree from UBC

Diane Kolander Loomer ’62, Vancouver, BC, was among 10 individuals, including two Nobel laureates, who received honorary degrees from the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia this year. The university awards honorary degrees in recognition of individuals who have made substantial contributions to society at the provincial, national, or international level. Loomer was recognized as an acclaimed choral conductor, educator, and composer whose leadership has resulted in the founding of two internationally recognized and award-winning choirs: Elektra and Chor Leoni.


Wenceslaus School Q Debbie Curran McGarity, Summit, NJ, is a member of the board of directors of Bonds of Courage, a New Jerseybased community organization Q C.J. Page, Minneapolis, founded Present Moment Retreat Q Jenny Scheef Puumala, Sioux Falls, SD, is a volunteer nurse at O’Gorman Junior High School Q Lisa Willems Scamehorn, St. Paul, is an employee benefit specialist at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Q Lisa Dyer Walz, Elk River, is a registered nurse at Mercy Hospital.

94 E-mail: Aimee Washburn Clancy, Sioux City, IA, is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Iowa Q Kristin Fisher Lamoureux, Mankato, is marketing and sales director at Blue Tang Inn Q Kristin Naumann Mannix, is executive officer of the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust in Perth, Australia Q Jessica Wachholz Nelson, Canton, GA, completed her master’s degree in education at North Georgia State University Q Rob Olsen, Mankato, is a family medicine physician at Northridge Clinic Q Michael J. Ostrum, Rosemount, is an installer with J & M Entertainment Systems Q Rebecca E. Schweppe, Denver, CO, is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes at the University of Colorado Cancer Center


A TALE OF TWO HAMLETS In the spring of 1966, the Theatre Department of Gustavus Adolphus College, under the direction of the legendary Evelyn Olson Anderson ’29, staged one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Hamlet. In the spring of 2011—45 years later—the College’s Theatre Department, led by director Amy Seham, presented a thoroughly modernized and high-tech reading of the same play for new generations of theatre-goers. Three alumni who had been part of the 1966 cast were present for a Sunday afternoon performance of the 2011 production. Eric J. Gustavson ’66 (Hamlet), Linda Gulder Huett ’66 (Queen Gertrude), and Gary Rankila ’68 (Horatio) from the 1966 show were joined in the audience by other alumni and theatre-lovers for this production and then met the cast and crew on stage for a post-performance reception. “Our trip back, to attend the production of Hamlet some 45 years after we had performed it, was totally enjoyable,” Gustavuson said. “I was impressed with the ingenuity of the staging and the fresh interpretation of the characters that made Shakespeare so accessible to the audience. Bravo and brava to the actors and director!” Seham’s 2011 adaptation embraced the poetry and passion of Hamlet and brought Shakespeare’s discussion of “reality” into contemporary time and space, exploring how technology affects our understanding of perception, performance, and truth. The production incorporated a dramatic and imaginative film component guided by video producer and recent Gustavus graduate Nick Hansen ’09. Extensive film footage and security cameras, on stage and off, exposed the influence of modernday reality television, film, and media on culture. “The new crop of Gustavus actors was showcased with spot-on, real-time film, cell phones, and laptops,” noted Rankila, who had played Horatio in the earlier production. “Everyone in the royal Danish court was watching and listening to each other as they hatched their ugly plans for deeds most foul. This updated re-telling of the story still cracks a noble heart. Professor Seham drew the best out of each student player and artist.”


1. Current and past cast members got together for a photo on the 2011 set. Pictured in front from left are Professor of Theatre and Dance and Director Amy Seham (standing), and Rush Benson ’13 (sitting); second row: Alex Christiansen ’13 (kneeling), Comfort Dolo ’14, Jane Chung ’13, and James Freetly ’12; third row: Tim McComas-Bussa ’13, Robert Ward ’14, and Benjamin Kolis ’12; fourth row: Megan Myhre ’11, Peter Nygren ’11, Riley Lass ’14, Chloe Radcliffe ’12, and Linda Gulder Huett ’66; back row: Ethan Bjelland ’12, Gary Rankila ’68, Christian DeMarais ’11, Kimberly Braun ’11, and Eric Gustavson ’66.


2. Hamlet now and then: Christian DeMarais ’11 and Eric Gustavson ’66 3. Queen Gertrude now and then: Chloe Radcliffe ’12 and Linda Gulder Huett ’66. 4. Horatio then and now: Gary Rankila ’68 and Kimberly Braun ’11



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Jack Bergman ’69

Photo by Wayne Schmidt

from his award ceremony introduction by the Honorable Bradley Walker ’70


met Jack, not as a Gustavus student, but as a Marine Officer Candidate as we went through training in Quantico, VA. We were kids in the grand scheme of things and the training mostly involved physical work and military skills training. For you civilian folks, that is a euphemism for getting yelled at 22 hours a day by the drill instructor. But our instructors were evaluating everyone 24-7 to see who would be a good Marine officer. The qualities they recognized in Jack Bergman—including leadership, perseverance, attention to detail, and common sense—are what bring us here today. Most civilians have no idea what Jack has sacrificed to pursue a military career: time away from family (maybe missing a daughter’s first steps, missing countless Little League games); in the case of the Reserves, juggling civilian employment and career. I spent three years after Gustavus in law school. While I was enjoying life and goofing off, Jack was flying support helicopters in Vietnam. Day and night he was flying missions in support of young combat Marines on the ground, bringing them supplies and ammunition, evacuating wounded Marines and soldiers at the risk of his own safety, and getting those injured men back to a field hospital— saving lives. That service alone should qualify him for any award the College might choose to give. But he was not done serving you and our country. Jack continued his military career in many billets. As he progressed through the ranks, he



was always being evaluated and recognized for his skills and his leadership, his ability to mentor younger Marine officers and all of the young Marines he commanded. Lieutenant General Jack Bergman . . . three stars. I have to tell you this: The officer structure in the Marine Corps Reserve is a pretty steep pyramid. Promotions are by merit after a rigorous evaluation process. Back some 40+ years ago, I majored in mathematics here, so I can bore you just a bit with statistics. The Corps may start out with 1,000 officer candidates who want to become second lieutenants. As they progress through ranks, to captains, majors, and colonels, etc., the pool gets proportionately smaller, and of that 1,000, maybe one is selected as a Brigadier One Star General. And Jack progressed even farther, as he was awarded a second and then a third star. You don’t achieve the success that Jack has by being a wall flower. So “humble” probably isn’t a word to describe Jack. But I’m sure he won’t blow his own horn from the podium. His service record includes a Distinguished Service Medal, Single Mission Air Medal, Combat V Air Medal, and Joint Meritorious Service Award. These aren’t “I was there” medals. The College got it right in the selection of Lieutenant General Bergman.



Wendy Barth Terry, Crystal, is executive pastor at The Well Church in Crystal Q Stephen R. Wills, Minneapolis, is employed at Farmer’s Insurance.



95 E-mail: Sarah E. Allen, Duluth, is general manager at Sivertson Gallery Q Katie Olstad Gilles, Wausau, WI, is pursuing her master’s in school counseling at Lakeland College Q Gretchen Michlitsch, Winona, is an associate professor of English at Winona State University Q Mark Nechanicky, Albert Lea, was one of ten finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year.


an immigration adviser at Purdue UniversityCalumet Q Erik W. Wood, Minneapolis, is a Realtor with Edina Realty.

15th Anniversary: 10th Anniversary: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 1, 2011 Sept. 30–Oct. 2011

E-mail: Christopher T. Eggers, Madison, WI, is senior scientist for research and development at Promega in Madison, WI Q Ryan A. Elton, Rochester, is a chiropractor at The Brost Clinic Q Dan L. Friesner, Fargo, ND, is the associate dean for student affairs and faculty development in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences at North Dakota State University Q Brent T. Harrold, Savage, is a design engineer II at Red Devil Equipment Company Q Tanya A. Lambert, Coon Rapids, is a supervisor at TLC Metro Q Travis J. Lange, Oakland, CA, designs lasers for Lawrence Livermore National Lab Q Jason S. Ness, Woodbury, is a scientist at Valspar Corporation Q Ulrika Olofsson, Mölnlycke, Sweden, is a controller at Emerson Q Rachel Frojen Parrinello, Longmont, CO, is in geographic information systems at Boulder County Q Shane G. Petrich, North Oaks, is an operating systems engineer at Wells Fargo and Company Q Amanda Holland Rose, North St. Paul, is employed at Atterro Q Tony E. Velasquez, is in the U.S. Marine Corps Q Liz Weidauer, Golden Valley, teaches second grade at Breck School Q John H. Wernz, Hamel, is executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Wealth Enhancement Group Q Amy Dewey Westbrook, Duluth, is a district epidemiologist for the State of Minnesota Q Tavis J. Westbrook, Duluth, is a resource specialist for the State of Minnesota.

97 E-mail: Trisha D. Brandt, Plymouth, is the university relations coordinator at Boston Scientific Q Karissa Wicklander Kirvida, Hugo, is a senior buyer at Target Q Brian Ohnsorg, Bloomington, was named Outstanding Young Choral Director by the ACDA in 2010 Q Elaine Nelson Peik, Minneapolis, is a Scandinavian specialist with Borton Overseas Q Jennie Wald Phillips, Rockville, MD, received her doctorate in kinesiology Q Benjamin T. Saari, Chicago, IL, is senior marketing manager for NSI Marketing Services Q April D. Valentine, Hammond, IN, is

E-mail: CloEve Anderson Demmer, New York, NY, is director of annual fund programs at Columbia University Q Angie Henrikson Fahl, Osseo, is a senior product analyst for Allianz Life Insurance Company Q Angi Forsythe, Mankato, is an assistant Nicollet County attorney Q Jen Gilberg, Cloquet, is a senior consultant at Max IT Q Anne E. Haddad, Northfield, owns Haddad Consulting Q Andrew J. Heintz, Plymouth, is in accounting at Merrill Corp. Q Chris Holze, Elgin, IL, is a chiropractor at Holze Wellness Center Q Dan E. Kelly, Greensboro, NC, is employed at Winston Salem Industries for the Blind Q Sara Olson McConnell, New Prague, is a kindergarten teacher in Jordan ISD #717 Q Shelley Kuehn Ohnsorg, Bloomington, is a school choir director in Bloomington ISD #271 Q Jesse R. Schoen, Rosemount, is a systems administrator at the Toro Company Q Jeffrey S. Seamans, Medicine Lake, is a sales rep for Satellites Shelters Inc Q Charles J. Thieschafer, Clarissa, is a plant groundsman at Central Specialties Q Andrea Menge Tysdal, Wayzata, is vice president-general manager for JEM Technical Marketing Company.

Bigelow receives AIA honor

Olene Hanson Bigelow ’65, Maple Grove, MN, retired at the end of July after 21 years with the Masonry Institute in Minnesota. Bigelow was honored by the Minnesota chapter of the American Institute of Architects for her work in masonry education over her career.

V Gustie alumni wrestlers attend

NCAA Division I tournament

99 E-mail: Thor S. Bjork, Minneapolis, is a senior analyst at Strategic Technology Q Jessica Floren Johnson, Kenyon, is a nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Q Carol L. Reichel, Madison Lake, is a patient care manager in the Mayo Clinic Health System.

At the recent NCAA Division I Wrestling Tournament in Philadelphia last March, four former Gustie wrestlers from the MIAC championship wrestling team of 1965 reunited. From left are Ron Ackerman ’68, Gary Rettke ’65, Al Muehlhausen ’69, and Dave Johnson ’66.

00 E-mail: Jessica Carlson Bell, Little Elm, TX, is an associate buyer at JCPenney Q Josh Brix, Minneapolis, is a senior manager of customer support at Oracle Q Jennifer Jackson Krause, Cottage Grove, is an account executive at Fluid Interiors Q Stacey J. Lindell, Richfield, starred in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Minneapolis Musical Theatre in June 2011 Q Amanda E. Marotz, Elkhorn, NE, is a norms manager for Professional Research Consultants, Inc. Q Kristi Petersen Murphy, Naples, FL, is employed at NCH Healthcare Group Q Katie Sexe, St. Paul, is a clinic administrator for Clinic Sofia ObGyn.


10th 15thAnniversary: Anniversary: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 1, 2011 Sept. 30–Oct. 2011

E-mail: Adam R. Bell, Little Elm, TX, is a department supervisor at Denton County Clerk Q Molly Nemes Hamer, Lakeville, is a program coordinator for Ameriprise Financial Q Lynne

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jazz musician Steve Gunberg ’68, International Falls, MN, is a jazz trumpet musician and is pictured playing at The Chateau in British Columbia. Gunberg says, “Jazz has been a good part of my life for a long time and I’m honored to have played with so many jazz greats.”

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Returns to Mount Olivet

The Rev. Craig Johnson ’69, bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2001, has accepted a call to serve as interim senior pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Johnson began his new duties at Mount Olivet on Aug. 1, taking over for the Rev. Paul Youngdahl ’59, who died unexpectedly on June 20 of a thoracic aneurysm. Over a span of roughly eight decades, Youngdahl and his father, Reuben Youngdahl ’31, had helped to build Mount Olivet into the largest ELCA congregation in the country. This will be Johnson’s second stint at Mount Olivet; he served the congregation as an associate pastor from 1977 to 1991. “Rarely do pastors receive an opportunity to give back to a congregation later in life that has so profoundly shaped their ministry,” Johnson said in a letter announcing his resignation as bishop. “Rarely are we able to honor the legacy of a friend, mentor, and colleague.”

40th annual Camp Baldy fishing opener


For the past 40 years four Gustavus friends, Dennis Baldus, Rick Frykman, Jim Lundbohm, and Mick Goudy, have gathered at Dennis Baldus’s cabin near Perham, MN, for the Minnesota fishing opener. The group has grown to eight and this year included from left, Bill Lundbohm ’75, Pat O’Malley ’74, Mick Goudy ’71, Dennis Baldus ’71, Jim Lundbohm ’70, Rick Frykman ’69, “One Day” Al Sletten ’79, and Phil Hanson ’71.

Herolt, Tampa, FL, is a convention manager for Hyatt Hotel in Clearwater Beach, FL Q Josh Salzman, Hastings, is the director of the Critical Care Research Center at Regions Hospital/Health Partners Q Rita A. Schmitt, Minneapolis, graduated with a master of arts degree in nursing-adult and geriatric nurse practitioner from St. Catherine’s University in May of 2010 and is working as a nephrology nurse practitioner at the Minneapolis VA Q Jacy Bowen Shrestha, St. Louis Park, is a school counselor at Elk River ISD #728 Q Katy Srnec Zeier, Coralville, IA, received a doctor of pharmacy degree from University of Iowa and is a post grad (Year 1, pharmacy practice resident) at the Chillicothe Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

02 E-mail: Allison Kramer Guggisberg, St. Paul, is a physician assistant at Regions Hospital Q Seth Guggisberg, St. Paul, is a loan processor at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Q John Juhl, Richfield, is in software testing at Aatrix Software Company Q Carl Nelson, Minneapolis, is a master scuba instructor at Prodive USA Q Erin Kommerstad Plachko, Denver, CO, is an adult outpatient clinician for Jefferson Center for Mental Health Q Ryan Schommer, Chicago, IL, is a branded environment associate at Urban Partnership Bank Q Dave Shepley, Little Canada, is a portfolio manager at Arbor Capital Management.



Moran recognized for legal service

David Moran ’77, Eagan, MN, has been named as a BTI Client Service All-Star for a second consecutive year. An attorney with Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A., he practices in the areas of general corporate law, M&A, real estate, and finance. The BTI Client Service All-Stars are an elite group of attorneys nominated solely and exclusively by clients in BTI’s independent study as delivering the absolute best in client service. BTI is the leading provider of strategic research to law firms and general counsel. Only 10 other Minnesota attorneys were so named.



E-mail: Troy Anderson, Arlington, VA, earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is director of research informatics at Theranostics Health, Inc., a biotech start-up company Q Kendall Baumgartner, Dallas, TX, received a master’s degree in nursing from University of Pennsylvania and is a pediatric critical care nurse practitioner at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas Q Nate Brase works for JP Morgan Chase Q Cal Dickman, Santa Monica, CA, is a security trader at Wedbush Security Q Alison Doppelhammer Gorsevski, Louisville, CO, is a contract attorney at McClure and Eggleston Q Allison Hawley March, St. Paul, is the managing editor for Rainbow Rumpus children’s magazine and works in communications for the Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Performance Improvement Q Beth Worley Huizinga, St. Paul, is a real estate paralegal for the Cargill Law Department Q Nicholas Novak, Minneapolis, is a fixed instrumentalist at Northland Securities Q Greg Priebe, Gresham, OR, is attending Western States Chiropractic School Q Melissa Radniecki, Severn, MD, is in the Air Force Q Joanie Preiner Raiche, Shakopee, is a curriculum coordinator at Stonebridge Community School Q Paul Rohde, Minneapolis, is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin Q Katie Ackert Schroeder, Chicago, IL, is a development and operations director


at Free Spirit Media Q Michael Spenningsby, St. Louis Park, is a pricing analyst at Express Scripts Q Chris Stavenger, Moorhead, is a PA-C at Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Q Mike Van Patten, Long Lake, is an autism teacher in the Minneapolis schools Q Nicole Guimond Van Patten, Long Lake, is in pharmaceutical sales for Daiichi Sankyo.

04 E-mail: Megan Kaiser Barta, Lonsdale, teaches kindergarten in Waseca ISD #829Q Aaltje Baumgart, Chicago, IL, is an assistant team leader at Threshold Psychiatric Rehabilitation Q Adam C. Cornell, Minnetonka, is in sales and operations at Winfield Solutions Q Dan Myers, Minneapolis, is a financial consultant at Thrivent Q Andrew S. Nelson, Shakopee, is a project manager, operations for Van Wagenen Financial Services Q Kelly J. Nelson, Lakewood,

CO, is a registered nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital Q Josh Williams, St. Louis Park, is a manager of brand strategy and product marketing at RJS Software.

05 E-mail: Betsy Appleton, Fairfax, VA, is an electronic resources librarian at George Mason University of Virginia, and was recently selected as the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Emerging Leader for 2010–11 Q Jon Borle, Shoreview, is an RN, Epic Superuser, and EMR consultant at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Q Jon Hegman, New Hope, is a financial analyst - VPI, global products and projects businesses at Cummins Power Generation Q Ryan N. Holgers, Bloomington, is a police officer in Brooklyn Center Q Bethany Hirst Jensen, Minot, ND, is a dentist at

Broadway Family Dentistry Q Brooke Solberg McGuire, Mankato, is an RTI teacher in Belle Plaine Q Jean I. Pearce, Sacramento, CA, is a second-year resident at UC-Davis Medical Center/Pediatric Hospital and was named Pediatric Chief Resident for the 2012–13 academic year Q Jessica M. Prody, Minneapolis, received a Ph.D. in communication studies from University of Minnesota and is the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in rhetoric and public address in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at Colgate University for the 2011–2012 school year Q Sean M. Smith, St. Louis Park, is a regional sales representative at Logistics International LLC Q Austin M. Sponsel, Minneapolis, is a senior consultant at Entery Inc. Life Sciences Consulting Q Brian M. Ward, La Habra, CA, is a pastor.


Elling performs at Catalina Club in Hollywood Gustavus friends in Los Angeles gathered to attend a performance of jazz singer Kurt Elling ’89 at the Catalina Club in Hollywood on April 21. The group reported that it was a magical night with extraordinary music. Pictured from left are Gustavus Professor Emeritus of English Larry Owen, Cheryl Downey ’66, Gail Matthius Wirth ’75, Kurt Elling ’89, Peter Breitmayer ’87, and John Wirth ’75.


Tampa chapter gathering

Gusties gathered at the Marriott Westshore in Tampa, FL, on March 29 to hear a campus update from President Jack Ohle. Pictured from left are Julie Anne Magnuson ’75, Laura Anderson Long ’86, Kane Magnuson, Laurie Berge Hagen ’84, President Jack Ohle, Kris Ohle, Jill Boardman P’13, Deborah Johnson-Ansari ’86, Jim Boardman P’13, Jack Proeschel ’59, and Connie Proeschel.

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Minnetonka school administrators earn professional awards

Minnetonka High School Principal David Adney ’76 (left) and Assistant Principal Jeff Erickson ’93 were recently named the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals Hennepin County High School Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year for 2011. They will advance to state-level consideration in the National Association of Secondary School Principals Principal of the Year program. Adney has “skippered” the high school’s unprecedented growth in student achievement and positive school culture since he assumed the position in 2004. Erickson was recognized for his leadership with standards-based grading and Minnetonka’s Summer Institute. (It is rare that both awards go to the same school.)


Mixing music and marketing at Morsekode Mark Morse ’89 has managed to mix his passion for music and marketing with Morsekode, a Twin Cities-based advertising agency that serves major healthcare brands like UnitedHealthcare and Medtronic and consumer products ranging from Shure Microphones to Toro and many others—including their favorite pro bono client, The Salvation Army. Company headquarters in Bloomington resemble more a recording studio than an advertising agency— and nearly all the employees are also musicians of one sort or another. Unlike most creative agencies that have to hire out production, post-production, and other services, thereby increasing costs for clients, Morsekode has a highly experienced in-house, hi-def video production and Flash development group called Brand Motion. The Brand Motion staff work on a level plateau with Morsekode creative colleagues to deliver and drive total brand awareness for a seamlessly integrated approach and result. Morse’s company, which has been working in this niche since 2007, has been way out in front of the video/Flash production trend for client websites, and much of its work in its Brand Motion division continues to be cutting-edge. Not only has this been good for clients, but it’s also been a business driver for Morsekode, earning the company 30 percent growth in 2010. Morse argues that brands invested in online video to educate, entertain, and engage potential customers have distinct advantages over traditional advertising practices, and analysts and the latest trend statistics back him up. In November 2009, 68 percent of the top 50 Internet retailers were using video content on their websites, compared with 18 percent in 2008, based on a Forrester Research study. And, in early 2010, Forrester pegged the percentage of the top 50 retail sites that employed video during the 2009 holidays at nearly 400 percent higher than the previous year, despite the crippling effects of the current recession. Brand awareness was cited by 71 percent of respondents as the foremost value of online video, followed by lead generation (47%), customer retention (44%), and customer conversion (41%). “Online video is here to stay.” Morse maintains, “because of its effectiveness and its lower cost threshold vs. a traditional media buy.” Readers can learn more about Morse’s business at




5th Anniversary: 5th Anniversary: Sept. 30–Oct. 1, 1, 2011 Sept. 30–Oct. 2011

E-mail: Stefanie K. Arndt, Mercer, WI, is an athletic trainer at St. Cloud Orthopedic Associates Q Ryan J. Bakko, Minneapolis, is a physician’s assistant at Fairview Southdale Hospital Q Shelly Ohman Bass, St. Cloud, is a regulatory compliance consultant for LarsonAllen, LLPQ Tosha Christoffer Boline, Blaine, is a customer service representative at Pediatric Home Service Q Brianna Sander Borka, Duluth, is a sled dog and draft horse handler at Positive Energy Outdoors Q Sarah J. Bovee, White Bear Lake, is employed by the City of Shoreview Q Roy G. Bryan Jr., Edina, is a resident physician at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital Q Autumn K. Capelle, Minneapolis, is an attorney at Brown and Carlson Q Kristina Anderson Carlson, Kasson, is employed in the outpatient procedure center at the Mayo Clinic Q Jen Delano Crawford, Coon Rapids, is a learning resource teacher at Mounds View Public Schools Q Joe Cupka, Brooklyn Park, is a principal consultant at ASGK Public Strategies Q Heather R. Danckwart, Duluth, graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and is a family medicine resident Q Leslie Beaumont Deboer, Elk River, is employed at People Incorporated Q Mollie Peterson Dvorak, Coon Rapids, is a pastor at Zion Lutheran Church Q Anders C. Eckman, Minneapolis, is a recruiting consultant at Ameriprise Financial Q Jared A. Ehtessabian, Galena, IL, received a doctor of pharmacy degree from University of Iowa and is a staff pharmacist with Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque Q Jay V. Ellerbusch, Rochester, is a physical therapist at Northfield Hospital Q Liz Engel, Perham, is a pharmacy resident at Scott and White Hospital Q Matt Forbes, Washington, DC, works for Congressman Collin Peterson Q Matt Fordyce, Maplewood, is a case assistant at Bowman and Brooke Q Jay S. Frederickson, Blue Earth, teaches high school social studies in the Blue Earth School District Q David J. Garfunkel works for Fonkoze in Port au Prince, Haiti Q Krissy Garland, Minnetonka, is an M.A. candidate in sport management at University of Minnesota Q Sara K. Gove, Chicago, IL, is a development associate at Illinois Education Foundation Q Jennifer Burke Grasso, Selbyville, DE, is a zoning administrator for Worcester County Government Q Becky Graupmann, Savage, is a coach at the Department of Veteran Affairs Q Erin Greenlee Young, Rockville, MD, is a design patent prosecution specialist at Banner and Witcoff, Ltd. Q Jennifer Rieke Groehler, Sun Prairie, WI, is an optometrist at Davis Duehr Dean Q Justin D. Haaheim, New Haven, CT, is a regional climate organizer for and an active jazz musician in Connecticut and New York City Q Kelli J. Hallstrom, Chanhassen, is executive director at Tealwood Management Q Ty Haschig, Bloomington, is an insurance account representative at State Farm Insurance Companies Q Erin L. Henning, Minneapolis, is a fan relations manager for the Minnesota Lynx Q Erin Foss Hernick, Berlin, NH, is a physical therapist at Androscoggin Valley Hospital Q Karin Hedstrom Hogen, St. Paul, teaches



Robert Brown ’83

Photo by Wayne Schmidt

from his award ceremony introduction by Katherine Brown Sayre ’80


e all love watching movies about people overcoming the odds to accomplish great things. For me, the story of my brother Bob, a remarkable person who never looked back after a sudden illness left him paralyzed on a June night at the age of 13, is a real-life, perfect, full-circle story about overcoming the odds. It is also the story of Gustavus and the remarkable foresight of this College. This community immediately embraced the possibilities rather than the barriers, and focused on solutions rather than problems. Gustavus saw my brother’s potential; Bob embraced the opportunity and he thrived. Bob graduated from Gustavus in 1983 with majors in chemistry and biology. His medical training and career flourished at the Mayo Clinic—first at the Mayo Medical School and later in his neurology residency and cerebrovascular disease and stroke fellowship. He honed his research skills by completing his master of public health degree in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. With these superb academic credentials, Bob has gone on to an extraordinary medical career spanning administration, research, medical education, and patient care. Bob has served in many important administrative and leadership roles at Mayo Clinic since he joined the staff in 1987. He has been recognized for his leadership and excellence at every step of his career. Since 2006, he has served as chair of the nationally renowned Mayo Clinic Department of Neurology.

A prolific researcher in the field of cerebrovascular disease, particularly stroke and intracranial aneurysms, Bob has collaborated and led extensive national and international research studies in these areas. I cannot do justice to his research work other than to observe that the bibliography of his contributions is over 40 pages long. He is named on more than 160 full-length, peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has co-authored four textbooks on stroke and cerebrovascular disease, including the definitive Handbook of Stroke. Bob has touched literally thousands of physicians as an educator and mentor. He is generous with his time as a national and international presenter of continuing medical education, sharing his expertise with other physicians so they can better care for their patients. Last year, he was recognized with the highest academic honor at Mayo Clinic as the recipient of the John and Lillian Matthews Named Professorship of Neuroscience. The area that means the most to Bob is the work he has done directly caring for his patients. He has always had an active clinical practice and continues to see patients in the clinic and hospital. He touches his patients with his empathy, his clear communication, and his superb clinical expertise. A highlight of Bob’s career was when he was awarded Mayo’s highest clinical honor, the Distinguished Clinician Award, in 2004 and then the Individual Award for Excellence in 2005.

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2011 FIRST DECADE AWARDS The First Decade Award recognizes one male and one female graduate in the 10th anniversary class for early professional achievement.

Jonathan Poole ’01


t’s been ten years since Jonathan Poole graduated from Gustavus, and most of those years were spent as a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) of the U.S. Department of State, an agency that is responsible for protecting U.S. embassies and consulates from terrorist, criminal, and hostile-intelligence threats; protecting high-ranking U.S. diplomats and other officials; and conducting sensitive and complex criminal, counterintelligence, and personnel security investigations. During many of the years working for the State Department, Jonathan and his wife, Erin Cederlind ’01, have been living abroad. In 2004 and 2005 Jonathan was on special assignments to the Protective Security Detail of the U.S. Secretary of State and to the U.S. Consulate General in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. From 2006 to 2008 he served as a vice consul and special investigator in St. Petersburg, Russia, followed by two years as assistant security attaché at the U. S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya—once a relatively quiet place. Today, Jonathan and Erin live in Alexandria, VA, where he serves as a special agent for the Department of State, with assignments the specifics of which only he and a few other people know. During his years with the Department of State, Jonathan has received four Meritorious Honor Awards and two Benjamin Franklin Awards. Is there any logic behind a trajectory in which an 18-year-old student from Philadelphia comes to a small college in Minnesota and then ends up as a special agent for the U.S. government, working in different countries, and being trusted more by his superiors after each new assignment? I’m sure there’s plenty of logic, but likely there have been some leaps of faith as well! When I met Jonathan in 1997, I met a young man who was already extraordinary. He was more focused than most other first-year students, more curious, better read. Perhaps some students thought of him as a nerd at first—his future wife included, I understand—



but a likeable, nice nerd. Because I was a book nerd myself in my teens, Jonathan seemed like a soul-mate and a god-send. For me, as a teacher, there was no need to pull teeth with Jonathan—he would always have answers, or questions, and, what’s equally important, he knew how to engage and activate other students. “Polyglot” is the first part of Jonathan’s e-mail address. I have always admired polyglots—speakers of many languages—especially those who combine their love for learning languages with a curiosity about the cultures that the languages represent. When Jonathan came to Gustavus he had already spent a year in Finland and knew Finnish. He had also studied Russian, which he continued to study at Gustavus and then, of course, had to perfect while he and Erin lived in St. Petersburg. At Gustavus he learned a real world language—Swedish. And in Libya and other places in the Arab world, he and Erin started studying Arabic. A polyglot Jonathan is, a polyhistor as well. In his job, reliable sources tell me, he uses his understanding of liberal arts and his own direct experiences as a young foreigner in foreign countries to help those of his superiors who are stuck in a more singular view to think of other possibilities Polyglot, polyhistor—big words to describe a man 10 years out of college perhaps. Big words, but true words. Jonathan moves fast. By contrast, his introducer became an American citizen only very recently, after he had lived in this country for 44 years. Thank you, Jonathan for what you are doing for this country, our country. And I will not ask you for specifics about your work in the U.S. Department of State. That’s my leap of faith.

Photos by Wayne Schmidt

from his award ceremony introduction by Roland Thorstensson, professor emeritus of Scandinavian studies


Kirsten Cullen Sharma ’01 from her award ceremony introduction by Annie Dokken Stroup ’01


am honored to introduce you to Kirsten Sharma, this year’s female recipient of the First Decade Award. I cannot imagine a more deserving individual than Kirsten. She has successfully accomplished more in these past 10 years than I could dream of achieving in a lifetime. It all began with her achieving a double major at Gustavus in psychology and biology. Her classes, professors, and experiences at Gustavus helped guide her to identify her career interests and led her to Pacific University for graduate school, where she ultimately earned a doctor of clinical psychology degree. While in grad school she was the regional advocacy coordinator for the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, which helped her earn Excellence in Campus and State Leadership awards. Additionally, she received the Human Diversity Service Scholarship. Upon receiving her doctorate, Kirsten undertook a twoyear pediatric neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship at the New York University Child Study Center. While there, she developed expertise in neurocognitive development in young children and evidence-based interventions for parents and teachers that aimed to reduce behavior problems and academic underachievement. Kirsten has contributed to seven publications, mostly scholarly journals, and has participated in 18 professional presentations at various conferences around the world. Furthermore, she has held state and national advocacy positions with the American Psychological Association. More recently, she has also joined the Institute of Prevention Science, where she has taken a lead role in developing a training protocol. As a clinical assistant professor at the NYU Langone Medical Center, Kirsten is currently on a team that is developing, evaluating, and implementing interventions for

young children at risk for behavioral and school problems. A few of her other titles include pediatric neuropsychologist and clinical director of the Parent Corps program. Kirsten is highly passionate about what she does and always gives it 110 percent. She is well on her way to an already successful research career in implementation science. Besides her astounding professional accomplishments, I can attest that Kirsten is one of the most humble, genuine, and kindest people I have ever met. I am proud to call her a friend.

2011 First Decade Award Nominees In addition to First Decade Award recipients Jonathan Poole and Kirsten Cullen Sharma, other finalists from the Class of 2001 included: WOMEN Laura Yudt Custer, Ann Arbor, MI, postdoctoral fellow in molecular and cellular biology, University of Michigan; Angela DeGreeff Follett, Minneapolis, MN, patent agent, Fish & Richardson, P.C.; Ashley Jensen, Roseburg, OR, radiation oncologist; Rebecca Kiesow Knudsen, Sioux Falls, SD, senior director of quality services and youth programs, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota; Courtney Lovejoy, New York, NY, postdoctoral fellow, laboratory of Dr. Titia de Lange, The Rockefeller University; Ferial Mohamed Pearson, Ralston, NE, English teacher, Omaha Public School District. MEN Steven Davis, Minneapolis, MN, president and owner, Inductive Consulting, LLC; Andrew Dufresne, Madison, WI, associate, Michael Best & Friedrich; Jonathan Gray, Alexandria, VA, assistant professor of church history, Virginia Theological Seminary; Ed Rudberg, St. Paul, MN, Ph.D. candidate in natural resource science and management, University of Minnesota; David Savage, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, University of California, Berkeley.

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Named dean of faculty at Sweet Briar

Amy Jessen-Marshall ’91 has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Sweet Briar College, a women’s liberal arts and sciences college located near Lynchburg, VA. Before assuming her new post in July, Jessen-Marshall served much of her career at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, arriving in 2000 as an assistant professor of biology and earth science. From 2006 to 2009 she chaired Otterbein’s nationally recognized Integrative Studies Program, overseeing the redesign of the university’s core curriculum. She then served as dean of university programs and associate vice president for academic affairs before being appointed interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. As dean of university programs at Otterbein, she directed a campus-wide revision of the curriculum. Jessen-Marshall earned her Ph.D. in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and genetics from the University of Minnesota in 1996 and also has maintained professional interest in science education.


Rob Berdahl ’90 captains Guthrie’s H.M.S. Pinafore

When Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore dropped anchor on the Guthrie Theater stage June 18–August 28, 2011, she was captained by Twin Cities actor/vocalist Robert O. Berdahl ’90. Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling directed this summer’s hit musical, which featured infectious songs, witty libretto, lighthearted satire . . . and Berdahl as Captain Corcoran. With theatre roles as varied as Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby), Lysander (Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Smudge (Forever Plaid), Rob Berdahl has become a Guthrie favorite and has made an impressive mark on the Twin Cities theatre scene. He has played roles in at least 20 Guthrie Theater productions, including Amadeus, Pride and Predjudice, Othello, Death of a Salesman, The 39 Steps, and Macbeth. His face and voice may be best remembered for his longrunning role as Hugh Butternut in Forever Plaid, which played both locally and across the nation. In recent years, Rob has expanded his acting career and ventured into the world of commercials and movies, earning Best Actor honors at the 2010 Indy Horror Film Festival for his work in Director Brian Forrest’s movie Bind.



Reunions for classes of 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997,

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English/Language Arts at Lincoln International High School Q Jen Harry Huerd, Maple Grove, is a senior specialist, guest insights, at Target Corporation Q Sharon C. Jaffe, Madison, WI, is a graduate student and research assistant at the University of Wisconsin Q Dana S. Johnson, Minnetonka, is employed by EMC Insurance Q Carrie E. Joines, Phoenix, AZ, is an RN at Phoenix Children’s Hospital Q Audrey J. Joslin, College Station, TX, is a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University Q Shawn S. Kamesch, Coon Rapids, is a technical writer at Medtronic, Inc. Q Staci Spreng Katkov, Forest Lake, is a quality specialist at Agropur Inc., Division Natrel USA Q Gina S. Kilchenman, Minneapolis, is a senior sales manager at Aloft Minneapolis Hotel Q John R. Kraemer, Bloomington, is employed at Jon Kraemer and Sons, Inc. Q Nick Kroshus, Minneapolis, is a manager at Huron Consulting Group Q Emiley A. Lamberger, Minneapolis, is a supervisor at Volunteers of America Q Eva Landeros, Minneapolis, is a community social worker at CLUES Q Kate Lawson, Seattle, WA, is a geologist for SAIC Q Mike Leonard, Lakeville, is a health and physical education teacher in the Prior Lake/Savage ISD #719 Q Deanna I. Leverson, Minneapolis, is a senior planning analyst at Kellogg Company Q Tammy R. Lis, Roselle, IL, is a RN at Lutheran General Hospital Q Logan J. Martin, Cottage Grove, is a community development specialist for the City of Oakdale Q Katie Fillius McClave, Broomfield, CO, is co-director of Dana V. Music Q Elizabeth B. McGinn, Chanhassen, teaches kindergarten in the Minnetonka Public Schools Q Mary M. Moilanen, Minneapolis, is a senior actuarial consultant at Travelers Companies, Inc. Q Emily A. Najjar, Mendota Heights, is a service manager at Techgen Consulting, Inc. Q Alex C. Nelson, Minneapolis, works in sales at Metro Sound and Lighting Q Kalee Schrupp Nuest, Morris, is a transfer admissions counselor at the University of Minnesota Q Jessica Olson, Bloomington, is a merchandise promotions specialist at Target Corporation Q Kristine G. Overson, Minneapolis, is a manager at Apple Q Alana Reetz Pearson, Albertville, is a case worker/records specialist at Information Reporting Services, Inc Q Jeffrey S. Pearson, Woodbury, is employed at the Internal Revenue Service Q Dave Pedersen, Woodbury, is taking courses in leadership training and accounting Q Mike Phillips, Maple Grove, teaches at Huntington Learning Center Q Morgan T. Rapp, Bloomington, is an associate producer at BI Worldwide Q Justin T. Redfield, Barrington, IL, is a pension consultant - team lead at Aon Hewitt Q Marisa Mancini Rothrock, Albuquerque, NM, teaches middle school language arts at Annunciation Catholic School Q Ryan Rud, Eagan, is a front-end software engineer at CaringBridge Q Heather R. Schrunk, Marshall, teaches fourth grade in the Marshall Public Schools Q Ben Sherer, Bismarck, ND, is a resident physician in the department of urologic surgery at Rush University Medical Center Q Emily B. Siedschlag, Minneapolis, is a public involvement manager at HDR Engineering, Inc. Q Amanda Mitchell Struthers, Elk River, is the registrar at Minnesota Gastroenterology Q Robin E. Thomson, St. Paul, is a graduate research assistant at the University of


Minnesota Q Katy Warren, Papillion, NE, is employed at St. Paul Lutheran Church Q Laura Carr Whittaker, Duluth, is a program manager for the American Lung Association Q Wade W. Wietgrefe, San Rafael, CA, is an environmental planner at Winzler & Kelly Q Eric S. Wilberg, Denver, CO, is a manager at MultiCare Consulating Service Q Kristy Wilke, Minneapolis, is an associate at Data Media Solutions Q Kirsten Worzala Dumke is a student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary Q Kara M. Yetter, Mazama, WA, is a course director/instructor at Outward Bound Q Beth Zirbes, Fairbanks, AK, teaches high school math.

07 E-mail: Ahmed Bachelani, Eagan, opened Bachelani Law Office in Eagan Q Courtney E. Bares, Woodbury, is a sales development representative at Insight Q Emily C. Beresford, St. Paul, is attending vet school at the University of Minnesota Q Greg Carlson, Byron, is a patient financial representative for Psychiatric Services in the Department of Finance, Revenue Cycle at the Mayo Clinic Q Jason S. Carlson, St. Louis Park, is an internal retirement consultant at Allianz Q Julia R. Gustafson, Helena, MT, is the communications manager at the Governor’s Office of Community Service Q Jeff Heilman, Fridley, works for Trane Corp. Q Sonya G. Hysing, Minneapolis, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Q Kate Johnson, Silver Spring, MD, is employed with Congressman Luis Gutierrez Q Kristin M. Kaplan, St. Paul, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Q Max Leither, Forest Park, IL, graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and is a resident in internal medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center Q Mollie A. McFaggen, South St. Paul, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Q Drew P. Nelson, Maplewood, is an admissions representative at Le Cordon Bleu Q Sara J. Olmanson, St. Cloud, graduated with a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School and has a residency with University of Minnesota Duluth Family Medicine Q Becky Palermo, St. Paul, graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy Q Ben Richter, Chanhassen, is a youth ministry director at Mt. Calvary Church Q Angi Rosenow, Bloomington, is employed at Office Max Q Nate Willey, Chaska, received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota School of Business in Richfield and is working at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee Q Molly Jordan Winter, East Grand Forks, received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from University of Minnesota, having received several scholarships and awards including the Caleb Dorr Award, given to the senior veterinary student with the highest academic standing in the class; she is a small-animal general practitioner at Peterson Veterinary Clinic in East Grand Forks.

08 E-mail: Katie Dierkes, Eagan, is a paraprofessional in ISD 196 Q Justyn K. Dow, St. Louis Park, released his debut album, titled Dim Light Shining, in February 2011 Q Ashley L. Helgerson, Falcon Heights, is an account associate at News America Marketing Q Kyle G. Johnson, Minneapolis, is an employment specialist at TFB Inc Q Gabe Joyes, Stoughton, WI, is a special education professional in the Freemont School District Q Lindsay Peak Kaufhold, Guayama, PR, teaches high school social studies at Guamani Private School Q Ava K. Lambrecht, Minneapolis, is an operations and administrative assistant at St. David’s Center for Child and Family Q Brandon M. Ness, Corvallis, OR, graduated from Mayo School of Health Sciences and is a physical therapist at Oregon State University Q Jonathan A. Peasley, Minneapolis, is a teacher at Trinity School at River Ridge Q Ellen E. Sauter, Rapid

City, SD, is a graduate student at the University of Iowa Q Stephanie A. Soiseth, Anchorage, AK, is a medical student at University of Washington School of Medicine Q Yoshi Suzuki, Minneapolis, is a Japanese language translator for Seesmic.

09 E-mail: Christine R. Askham, Arvada, CO, coaches gymnastics at East Ridge High School Q Jacob J. Barke, Roseville, is a law school student at Hamline University Q Lisa C. Brown, Fort Collins, CO, is a strength and conditioning coach at Colorado State University Q Chris Caldwell, Rochester, is a paralegal at Weber Law Group Q Amanda K. Capelle, Minneapolis, is an evaluation specialist at Lang Research and Evaluation Q Daniel A. Chargo, Minnetonka, is attending the University of Minnesota Medical School Q Angela K. Colvin, Owatonna, graduated from the University

Gustie in area premiere of off-Broadway show Suzanne Heller Reyburn ’92 performed in the area premiere of the off-Broadway pop-rock musical bare, which opened in March for a three-week run at the Illusion Theater in downtown Minneapolis. The award-winning show, produced by Minneapolis Musical Theatre, focuses on high school students and their joys and struggles at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Reyburn is active in the Twin Cities as a performer, music director, and instructor.

V 510 Walnut golf outing The annual 510 Walnut golf outing took place at Willinger’s Golf Course in Northfield, MN, on May 6. Pictured from left in front are Brad Hendrikson ’92, David Kisch, Kirk Reierson ’95, Mark Domschot ’94, Brent Lothrop, Jeff Doherty ’94, Nate Anderson ’95, Tyler Wenkus ’02, Chris Kauls ’92, and Todd Anderson ’95. In the back row are Erik Hendrikson ’94, Clint Swenson ’95, Travis Cook ’99, Casey Getten, Bill Aase ’97, Rod Swenson ’99, Chris Motzo, Tim Gunderson ’94, Chad Blofield, Keith Halen ’ 92, Chris Fink ’94, Jay George ’94, Brian DePaulis ’92, and Bryan Cully ’94.

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2011 GREATER GUSTAVUS AWARD The Greater Gustavus Award is the highest award given by the Gustavus Alumni Association. It is awarded to those who by deed have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College.

Walter Youngquist ’42 from his award ceremony introduction by Alfred Henderson ’62


he ’11 on the wall may signify the graduation of this year’s Class of 2011, but it also applies to Selma Knock, the mother of Walter Youngquist ’42, who graduated in 1911—one hundred years ago. Yes, the Youngquist family has been contributing to Gustavus for a long time, passing the Gustie spirit and traditions on and on. The Greater Gustavus Award recognizes “those who by deed have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College.” So what has Walt done for Gustavus? Walter has advanced Gustavus through his very successful career as a geologist and by giving generously to Gustavus, including the funding of five separate endowment funds. These gifts help make Gustavus accessible to many students on an ongoing basis. Although Walter L. Youngquist, Class of 1942, is being honored with the Greater Gustavus Award, we must start with Walter’s father, Walter R., Class of 1916, also a recipient of the Greater Gustavus Award in 1953. As a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, Walter R. insisted on strengthening the geology department. Chester Johnson was selected as a new faculty member to secure the department in 1940, at the same time Walter L. was a student. Walt showed a special interest in geology and soon became a student assistant to Chester, accompanying him on local geological trips. After graduation in 1942 as the first Gustavian ever to major in geology, Walter enrolled in the geology department at the University of Iowa, where he completed a master of science degree and, after service in the Navy, a Ph.D. In 1948 he joined the geology department at the University of Idaho. After several years of teaching, he joined Exxon Corporation as an exploration geologist, ultimately returning to education as professor of geology at the University of Oregon. While at Oregon, Walter was a consulting geologist serving ExxonMobil and a number of other oil companies, including Shell, Belco, Amoco, and Sun Oil. He has given hundreds of lectures, traveled to more than 70 countries, written over 100 scientific papers and articles, and authored 10 books. For his accomplished career, Walt was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Citation in the field of geology in 2002.



Gustavus has honored Walter for his career, and we now honor his philanthropy and advancement of the College. Youngquist is responsible for five different endowed funds at Gustavus, which provide scholarship resources for students and research/field study resources for students and faculty in geology. Including his lifetime contributions and recent scholarship and endowment philanthropy, Walter ranks third in the total amount of giving by individuals to Gustavus Adolphus College. The five scholarships and endowments he has funded are all named in honor of people who have personally touched Walter in his life: • For his former Gustavus professor—the Chester O. Johnson and Walter L. Youngquist Geology Student Research/Field Study Endowment Fund; and the Chester O. Johnson Geology Scholarship Endowment Fund; • For his wife, Elizabeth Pearson Youngquist, Class of 1942—the Elizabeth Pearson Youngquist Music Scholarship Endowment Fund for students focusing on piano, cello, or organ; • For his son—the Robert Eric Youngquist Memorial Scholarship Endowment, for students who have overcome physical or mental disabilities to be successful at Gustavus; and • For his father—the Walter R. Youngquist Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund, to provide assistance for students with financial need, taking into consideration the qualities of dependability, persistence, and stability in personally adverse circumstances. For a lifetime of generosity and the establishment of five endowments that provide financial support of students and student/faculty research, Walter L. Youngquist, Class of 1942, is awarded the 2011 Greater Gustavus Award.


of Iowa with a master’s degree in healthcare administration and is doing an administrative fellowship at Abbott Northwestern Hospital Q Stephanie J. Conroy, Minnetonka, works in consumer services at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office Q Rachael R. Driscoll, Jackson, teaches first grade at JCC Schools Q Carly A. Ernst, Lincoln, NE, is a medical student at A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Medicine working towards a D.O. degree Q Cara M. Evanson has completed her master of arts degree in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and accepted a position at Davidson College in North Carolina serving as an information literacy librarian Q Ahna L. Gilbertson, Excelsior, is a preschool teacher with KinderCare Q Christine E. Grotjohn, Hopkins, is a healthcare consultant at United Health Group Q Sara A. Hein, Lakeville, is employed at Avera Hospital Q Tom A. Henderson, Minot, ND, is an operating room RN at Trinity Health Q Charlie Hoag, Chicago, IL, is a terminal manager at Copland Trucking Q Asitha D. Jayawardena, Iowa City, IA, is in the master of public health program at the University of Iowa Medical School Q Brett A. Johnson, Lindstrom, graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Civil Engineering Q Katie Kammerude, Mendota Heights, is employed at Jack and Jill Childcare and Preschool Q Mike J. Karon, Minneapolis, is a loan officer/mortgage consultant at Summit Mortgage Corporation Q Emily A. Klein, Red Wing, is a human resources coordinator at Capital Safety Q Briana M. Lindenberg, Chicago, IL, is a consultant at Deloitte and Touche Q Rachel E. Markos, Golden Valley, is a project engineer at J.E. Dunn Construction Q Kayla Timm Mathwig, Chanhassen, is a sales specialist at Wells Fargo Auto Finance Q Katherine M. Putnam, Andover, is a fitness specialist at HealthSource Solutions Q Tim Ronning, St. Cloud, is a financial adviser at Thrivent Q Nicole M. Rusinko, Minneapolis, teaches math at Oakview Middle School Q Kari M. Sexe, Deerfield, WI, received a master’s degree in library and information studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison Q Patrick J. Skoe, Hopkins, is a programmer with LSS Data Systems Q Scott D. Slarks, Edwardsville, IL, is studying sport management at Southern Illinois UniversityQ Veronica G. Taylor, Ann Arbor, MI, is a graduate student at the University of Michigan.

10 E-mail: Sariha S. Ahmed, Woodbury, is a director of content writing at ArgentCor Q Jordan D. Becker, La Crosse, WI, is in the graduate program for clinical exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Q Betsie J. Collins, Waseca, is serving with AmeriCorps Q Chelsea J. Craven, St. Paul, is employed at Zepol Corporation Q John M. Degerness, Woodbury, is a sales manager at Primerica Financial Services Q Derek J. Eddie, Eden Prairie, is the fun experience coordinator for the Minnesota Timberwolves Q Emily Tommerdahl Fassett, Baxter, teaches kindergarten at Baxter Elementary School Q Andy Fenske, Princeton,

teaches math at Princeton Middle School Q Ricky Fong, Shakopee, is an investment analyst at The Clifton Group Q Holly B. Galazen, Duluth, is a member service rep and fitness assistant at Essentia Health Q Ashley A. Gewerth, Duluth, is a physical therapy student at College of St. Scholastica Q Andrea J. Gullixson, St. Paul, is an administrative assistant at Randstad Corporation Q Dwight J. Hall, Marine on St. Croix, is a molecular assistant scientist at Beckman Coulter Q Meredith L. Halling, Byron, is a cardiovascular monitoring tech at Abbott Northwestern Q Mahad Hassan, Savage, is a medical student at the University of Minnesota Q Justin R. Helget, St. Peter, teaches fifth grade through a fellowship program with Minnesota State University, Mankato Q Soren K. Hoeger-Lerdal, Hutchinson, is a pre-collect lead supervisor at CPC in Eden Prairie Q Kyle S. Johnsrud, Plymouth, is an audit associate at McGladrey and Pullen Q Sarah R. Klauer, Excelsior, is attending the University of Minnesota for speech pathology Q Matt Knutson, St. Peter, is a regional account representative at Cambria Q Chelsey M. Kollodge-Hayes, Minnetonka, teaches kindergarten at Aquila Elementary Q Susie Kramer, Arden Hills, is a graduate assistant at Minnesota State University, Mankato Q Emily A. Kuenker, Denver, CO, is working for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Q Chad M. Kumm, Omaha, NE, is a pharmacy student at Creighton University Q Jamie M. Laird, Minneapolis, is a senior financial aid processor at Regency Beauty Institute Q Chelsey A. Lewis, Kenyon, is in pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth Q Gamachu Melkamu, St. Louis Park, is a scientific technician at Beckman Coulter Q Joanna L. Mueller, Chaska, is pursuing her master’s degree in human computer interactive design at Indiana University Q Nick Murray, Iowa City, IA, is in medical school at Iowa State Q Kelly K. Nelson, Denver, CO, is working with Teach for America in Denver Q Lane S. Nelson, Lakeville, is in marketing development with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Q Blake J. Noennig, Norwood, is attending medical school at the University of Minnesota Q Alison J. Oppenheimer, Garden City, KS, teaches seventh-grade writing at Abe Hubert Middle School Q Bryan D. Pelach, Everett, WA, is attending U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School for Surface Warfare Q Ally Pelton, Spicer, is working in admission at Hamline University Q Janae M. Piehl, Hutchinson, is an advertising representative for the Hutchinson Leader Q T.J. Ridley, Edina, is in medical school at the University of Iowa Q Jason W. Schultz, Richmond Heights, MO, is a graduate student at Washington University Q Skylar R. Schulz is studying kinesiology with an emphasis in sport and exercise psychology at the University of Minnesota Q Alice M. Schwantes, Coon Rapids, is a lab analyst at Pace Analytical Q Kevin L. Seitz, Le Sueur, is in IT at Health Care Academy Q Amanda G. Skarphol, Windom, is employed at Jambo Cafe Q Allie Skjerven, Apple Valley, is supporting the Target, Costco, and Value sales teams for Nestle USA Q Christina M. Sorensen, Minneapolis, is a literacy tutor at Minnesota Reading Corp. Q Marcus K. Traetow, Lakeville, is an account representative (reinsurance broker)

at Aon Benfield Q Alison L. Utke, Park Rapids, is a commodities import and export specialist at Cargill Q Jesse L. Van Sickle, Garden City, is employed at Meyers Accounting Firm Q Chris Vick, Minneapolis, works in the athletic training/weight room at Minneapolis Schools Q Kristen A. Weller, Crosslake, is the costume technician and wardrobe assistant for the Utah Shakespeare Festival Q Alan J. Woitas, Sleepy Eye, teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math at New Ulm Cathedral High School Q Andrew J. Woitas, Sleepy Eye, is a representative at Mutual of Omaha Bank Q Chelsea A. Zamora, Edina, is a physician’s assistant student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

11 E-mail: Justin E. Anderson, St. Peter, is pursuing a Ph.D. in plant genetics at the University of Minnesota Q Kevin S. Anderson, Vadnais Heights, is a student at Midwestern University - College of Medicine Q Logan J. Arndt, Lamberton, is in graduate school at the University of Minnesota School of Music Q Aubrey Austin, Minneapolis, is in graduate school in urban and regional planning at the University of Minnesota Q Martin J. Barnard, Littleton, CO, is a specialist with Apple, Inc. Q Chelsea A. Bayer, Rogers, is attending medical school at the University of Minnesota Q Jenny Behan, Inver Grove Heights, is a marketing analyst at Sempris Q Erin L. Belpedio is pursuing an MFA in lighting design at the University of Arizona Q Ally Billion, Sioux Falls, SD, is in the accelerated nursing program at South Dakota State University Q Andy A. Boersma, Pennock, is a financial representative for Thrivent Financial Q Nina L. Boldt is an operations lead at Accretive Health Q Liz Bowman, Luck, WI, is a retreat and volunteer coordinator at Luther Point Bible Camp Q Jens J. Brabbit, Winona, is employed at Marketing Group International Q Jackie M. Braun, St. Peter, is the sexual assault program coordinator for Crime Victim Services, Inc. Q Jonas E. Broccard is attending Elmhurst College Q Beth A. Butala, Bloomington, is teaching with Teach for America Q Alexa R. Carlson is attending the master of architecture program at the University of Milwaukee Q Ben Carlson, Iowa City, IA, is attending the University of Iowa for environmental engineering Q Danielle N. Cattrysse, North Mankato, is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato for a master’s degree in secondary education in chemistry Q Garrett D. Clause, Mankato, is attending the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Q Dain S. Clausen, St. Louis Park, is employed at Park Nicollet in health promotion Q Molly M. Cook, Belle Plaine, is working with young adults in Global Mission Q Eric T. Cox, Savage, is employed at Epic Systems Q Rachel K. Craig, Burnsville, is employed at ESL Consult Link Q Bobby Croghan, Rochester, is a costume designer at William Ivey Long Studio and the design studio for Lady Gaga Q Eric C. Cronin, Milaca, is attending graduate school for a master’s in human geography at the University of Edinburgh Q Christian G. DeMarais, Shoreview, is pursuing an MFA in acting at Yale School of Drama Q Melanie D. Deutsch, New

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Prague, is attending graduate school at St. Kate’s for occupational therapy Q Hannah D. Driver, Kasson, is attending graduate school in mental health counseling at Minnesota State University, Mankato Q Emily A. Eddy, Eden Prairie, is an executive team lead at Target Q Bern Egger, Des Moines, IA, is working as an ESL teacher in Korea Q Kirsten S. Engel, Devils Lake, ND, is enrolled in the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at the University of North Dakota Q Dave Erlandson, Maplewood, is attending the physical therapy program at the University of Minnesota Q James N. Famelis, Chaska, is in a fellowship for cardiac rhythm technology at Arrhythmia Technologies Institute Q Meghan Faricy, is teaching English in South Korea Q Anna E. Finley, Eagan, MN, is teaching in the Twin Cities through Teach for America Q Joe Finocchiaro is attending graduate school at Purdue University in the chemistry department Q Manya L. Fiock is teaching English in South Korea through ERIK Q Elise R. Fitzgerald, Lakeville, is an interpreter at Fort Snelling Q Eric R. Fitzsimmons, Good Thunder, is employed at Protein Sources, LLP Q Trent M. Frisch, Wheaton, is attending Northwestern Health Science College of Chiropractic Q Chris Goodew, Owatonna, is a commercial underwriter at Federated Insurance Q Sam Grace, Minneapolis, is intern music director at Calvin Presbyterian Church Q Will Grant, Woodbury, is employed at Bosch Security Systems Q Katelyn J. Griswold, Woodbury, is a divisional director at North Central Camp Cherith Q Kate L. Haglund, Wyoming, is attending graduate school in occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota Q Logan C. Haglund, Buffalo, is a

residential supervisor at ACR Homes Q Drew N. Hedlund, Little Canada, is employed at Xccent Inc. Q Russell C. Heeter, Maple Plain, is employed at Lifetouch Media Productions Q Kevin R. Hein, Lakeville, is a clinical assistant at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital Q Justin R. Helps, Chisago City, is attending the University of Minnesota for a Ph.D. in material science Q Phil Helt, Gladstone, MO, is teaching special education through Teach for America Q Mike Hicks, New Hope, is a customer operations analyst at SPS Commerce Q Paul R. Huff, Apple Valley, is attending the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Professional Psychology Q Ben Ikeda, Maple Grove, is a senior research analyst at Ingenix Consulting Q Laura M. Janzen, Eden Prairie, is an elementary literacy tutor at MN Reading Corps Q Wes Jones, Sturgeon Bay, WI, is a boatswain’s mate second class law enforcement officer and search and rescue boat driver in the U.S. Coast Guard Q Rebekah I. Jorgenson, North Branch, is an ELCA Global Mission English teacher in Japan Q John W. Juran, Lino Lakes, is a personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness Q Courtney A. Kerestes, Hastings, is in medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Q Kendra E. Kesty is attending Wake Forest University School of Medicine Q Amber C. Kirk, Coon Rapids, is pursuing a Ph.D. in virology and gene therapy at Mayo Graduate School Q Shanda R. Kirkeide, Canby, is attending Des Moines University for a master’s in public health Q Matt Klun, Lakeland, is attending graduate school for chemistry at the University of California-Irvine Q Monica R. Klutzke, Roseville, has a teaching assistantship in the department of statistics at Iowa State University Q Justine D. Koch, Hugo, is

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES NEW CLASS LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE At a meeting of newly elected class officers at the Edina Country Club on February 26, 2011, the Gustavus Alumni Association introduced a new class leadership structure to serve the current and future needs of the College and its alumni. The new Class Officer model is specifically designed to substantially increase and sustain alumni engagement, participation, and support for mission-central work of the College. Class officer positions are now being filled, and the new program will be officially launched September 30, 2011, during Homecoming Weekend—a date that also coincides with the opening of the College’s Sesquicentennial Celebration. In January of 2011, at the recommendation of the Classes Committee of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Board formally adopted a new class leadership structure to build on the Class Agent program that began in 1954. Class officers will provide the College a large but workable corps of volunteers who are interested in their classmates and the College’s future. Class officer positions include president, communications chair, annual fund chair, reunion chair/vice president, and student recruitment chair. The structure will increase engagement opportunities for alumni. Alumni interested in serving as a class officer or pursuing other volunteer engagement opportunities should contact the Office of Alumni Relations at



on the fisheries and aquatic science track for a master’s in conservation biology at the University of Minnesota Q Marit A. Kyllo, Bloomington, is attending the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Professional Psychology Q Alex Legeros, Edina, is in the M.A./ Ph.D. program in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Q Collin A. Lehman, Osceola, WI, is a tax accountant at Lender Limited and in graduate school at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota Q Peter F. Lindquist, St. Michael, is attending William Mitchell College of Law Q Katie Lowery, Maplewood, is interning at Wildlife Rehab Center Q Justin C. Lund, Cyrus, is working towards a master in teaching at Minnesota State University, Mankato Q Sarah A. Lundquist, Golden Valley, is a marketing agent at the Social Wendy Group Q Zach Lundquist is attending graduate school for sports management St. Cloud State University Q Christina R. Mangine, Mahtomedi, is an investment adviser and insurance representative at Minneapolis Financial Group Q Chris Martinez, St. Michael, is attending osteopathic medical school at A.T. Still University Q Ali Mastain, Chanhassen, is attending the art, style, and design program at Christie’s Education Q Kelly S. Mathewson, Maple Grove, is a staffing specialist in the human resources department at Mayo Clinic Q Karen B. Maus, Rogers, is a customer service representative at Uline Q Daniel C. McDougall is studying physics and condensed matter at Iowa State University Q Leah M. McEllistrem, St. Paul, is an on-call substitute at Lifeworks Services, Inc. Q Dan Mellema, St. Peter, is in Mayo Graduate School for biomedical engineering Q Drew G. Messerschmidt, Sioux Falls, SD, is attending medical school at Sanford School of Medicine Q Mike Mohs, Andover, is an associate accountant at CB Richard Ellis Q MacKenzie K. Moquist, Woodbury, is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato for a degree in communication disorders Q Emily J. Mueller, Wayzata, is attending pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota Q Kelly E. Myers, Lakeville, is pursuing a master’s of divinity at Bethel Seminary Q Megan J. Myhre is interning in the Office of Alumni Relations at Gustavus Q Jenna E. Neisen, Brooklyn Park, is attending pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth Q Elizabeth Nolan, Eden Prairie, is a senior research analyst at Ingenix Consulting Q Derek J. Notch, New Prague, is a medical scribe at EPPA Q Joey Nowariak, Owatonna, is employed at Minnesota Reading Corps Q Patty O’ Connor, Monona, WI, is attending the master of architecture program at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Q Kate Pearson, Rosemount, is a management trainee at Enterprise Holdings Q Prince Polynice is attending William Mitchell Law School Q Rebecca D. Rasp, Owatonna, is an underwriter at Federated Insurance Q Darcy Reller, Rosemount, is a public health technician with the Air National Guard Q Sam Rethwisch, Lakeville, is a software engineer at Epic Q Chantel M. Rice, Rosemount, is a regional accountant at Cargill Inc. Q Alyssa A. Rogers, Andover, is attending graduate school at Colorado State University for occupational therapy Q Karen A. Rogotzke, Sleepy Eye, is attending graduate school in school counseling


GUSTAVUS SERVICE AND RETIREMENT RECOGNITION The Gustavus Alumni Association honored faculty and administrators with service and retirement awards at a banquet last May.

1. 25 Years Front row: Greg Kaster, professor of history; Donna Loken, federal Perkins Loan Fund manager; and Steve Mellema, professor of physics. Back row: Kate Wittenstein, professor of history; and Bruce Johnson, professor of economics and management. Not pictured: Hayden Duncan, associate professor of Spanish; Paul Estenson, associate professor of economics and management; and Mark Hanson ’83, outdoor education instructor and head men’s basketball coach. 1


2. 30 Years From left: Rick Orpen, professor of music; John Lammert, professor of biology: and Mark Kruger, professor of psychology. Not pictured: Jeffrey Rosoff, professor of mathematics and computer science.

3. 35 Years Linnea Wren, professor of art and art history; John Holte, professor of mathematics and computer science; and Candace Witte, assistant director of Dining Service. Not pictured is Judy Douglas, director of alcohol and drug education. 3


4. 40 Years Kevin Byrne, professor of history; and Ron Rietz, professor of mathematics and computer science.

5. Retirees Front row: Lynn Boehne ’72, director of admission services; Kevin Byrne, professor of history; Darrell Jodock, professor of religion; and Paula Swiggum, associate professor of nursing. Back row: David Fienen, provost and dean of the college; Karen Zins ’67, manager of the Book Mark; Bruce McClain, professor of art; Ann Pesavento, professor of music; and Tom Emmert, professor of history. Not pictured: Henry Hays Jr., visiting professor of economics and management; and Patricia Kazarow, professor of music.


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Gustavus Choir’s history written by alumnus



Research compiled by David Holdhusen ’96 for his doctoral dissertation at Florida State University has been published by Cambridge Scholars as a celebration of the 75-year history of the Gustavus Choir. The book, Commitment to Musical Excellence: The 75 Year History of the Gustavus Choir, includes information collected from the Gustavus College Archives, interviews with the current and former conductors, alumni, and staff, and more than 40 photos dating from the 1891 Lyric Quartette to the 2008 75th-anniversary Alumni Choir, to relate the story of the place of the Gustavus Choir and choral music in the life of Gustavus Adolphus College. In his introduction to the book, current Conductor Gregory Aune notes, “[T]his book documents and affirms the place of the Gustavus Choir in [the] long and important Lutheran choral tradition that uniquely exemplifies the power of music.” Holdhusen’s research confirms that, from its earliest days, music was a part of the life of the College. Choral ensembles such as the Lyric Male Chorus and the Schumann Ladies Chorus were a part of that history long before G. Adolph Nelson arrived and established the Gustavus Adolphus A Capella Choir in 1932. The Choir’s first full concert program reflected the new standards of a capella programming pioneered by St. Olaf Choir conductor F. Melius Christiansen, as it included works by Bach, Gretchaninoff and an Christiansen. Succeeding conductors have continued co to build on that tradition of excellence. From Fr Wilbur Swanson and Eugene Casselman, to Philip Ph F. Knautz, Karle Erickson, and Gregory Aune, the th focus on the highest standards of a capella singing has been front and center for the ensemble. si Holdhusen is the currently director of University of o South Dakota Chamber Singers. C His H book is available through the Gustavus t Book Mark (507-933B 7587). 7

Red Riders

Nate Meyer ’99 and Theatre Department tech director Terena Wilkens met at the Twin Cities Tour de Cure for diabetes on June 4. Both were on Team Red—but did not know it in advance! Nate completed 62 miles along with his brother Geoff, and Terena completed the 27-mile tour.

at Minnesota State University, Mankato Q Laura E. Russell, Hastings, is attending St. Mary’s University in counseling Q Claire B. Sagstuen, Eagan, is in the master program in nationalist studies at the University of Edinburgh Q Joe Sams, Eagan, is a campus missionary at Prepare Ministries Q Jon Schmidt, Chaska, owns Mocha Monkey Coffeehouse Q Linnea G. Schmidt, is attending the graduate program in reproductive sciences at the University of Colorado-Denver Q Jackie Schwerm is attending graduate school at the University of Kansas for city and county leadership Q Laura B. Secor is attending the Indiana University School of Medicine Q Jordan M. Seebach, St. Peter, is attending graduate school at the University of St. Thomas in the master of accountancy program Q Andrew C. Sharp, Hopkins, is attending graduate school for teaching at Minnesota State University, Mankato Q Kaitlyn M. Silbaugh, Wayzata, is in the master of athletic training graduate program at Indiana State Q Logan Smestad, Grand Forks, ND, is a research assistant in the biology department at the University of North Dakota Q Cydni A. Smith, Whitmore Lake, MI, is a student manager/ research assistant at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Reporting Program Q Mel Smith is an intern at Verizon Business Health and Fitness Center in Ashburn, VA Q Lacey L. Squier, Tiffin, OH, is attending graduate school at Bowling Green State University in college student personnel Q Abby Steele, River Falls, WI, is attending pharmacy school at the University of Minnesota, Duluth Q Denise A. Stein, Castle Rock, CO, is pursuing an MFA in dance at Arizona State University Q Luke J. Strom, Plymouth, MN, is attending William Mitchell College of Law Q Julia P. Thompson, Cannon Falls, is an accounting associate at Cargill Q Matt Thon, Faribault, is pursuing an M.S. in biology at Minnesota State University, Mankato Q Andrew R. Valen, Rochester, is a financial adviser at Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Q Ryan M. Van Essen, Maple Grove, MN, is employed at Unity Tool Inc. Q Jennifer N. Van Osdel, Lakeville, is a software developer at Ultralingua, Inc. Q Dajana M. Vidovic is in graduate school at Northwestern Health Sciences University Chiropractic School Q Mackenzie Weber, St. Peter, is a regional accountant for Cargill Q Heidi Wensink, Sheboygan Falls, WI, is pursuing an MAT in secondary science education through the University of Southern California Q Christopher S. Whitney, Waseca, is attending Northwestern Chiropractic College Q Chris Wiens, St. James, is a non-implemented integration analyst at SPS Commerce Q Ben Wolf, Colorado Springs, CO, is pursuing an MS is architectural acoustics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Q Caylee E. Wuebker, North Mankato, is attending the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Q Sara C. Yungner, Maple Grove, is teaching with Teach for America

WEDDINGS John D. Blair ’66 and Grace Allison, 3/5/11, Lubbock, TX. Rich W. Aulie ’75 and Mary McMullen, 12/11/10, Crosby, MN. Deborah Cairns ’76 and Fred Mades, 2/18/11, Hastings, MN.



GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Susan M. Engel ’91 and Terrence Martin, 9/18/10, York, ME. C.J. Hurst ’98 and Laurie Hurst, Eau Claire, WI. Raphaela Dohm ’98 and Charlie Lessmann ’98, 7/10/10, Hartford, CT. Brita A. Schemmel ’99 and Shawn Schemmel, 9/26/09, St. Paul, MN. Allison Kramer ’02 and Seth Guggisberg ’02, 8/21/10, St. Paul, MN. Becca K. Anderson ’03 and Colin Campbell, 4/16/11, Indianapolis, IN. Megan Backer ’03 and Ian Kelley, 5/21/11, Sturgeon Lake, MN. Caroline Brost ’03 and Shawn Sailer, Long Lake, MN. Amy Tillges ’03 and Justin Hejny, 10/02/10, Charlotte, NC. Ellen Andersen ’04 and Craig N. Horak ’03, Grand Marais, MN. Josh Williams ’04 and Ashley Kile, St. Louis Park, MN. Rachel Kuykendall ’05 and Forrest Kelley, 9/17/10, St. Paul, MN. Molly J. Lundberg ’05 and Arick Groth, 11/27/10, Wauwatosa, WI. Sheila Rodel ’05 and Matt Swanson, 5/28/11, Goldsboro, NC. Leslie Beaumont ’06 and Jared DeBoer, 6/17/10, Elk River, MN. Julie Landkamer ’08 and Steve Helm ’07, 1/29/11, Drayton, ND. Julie Mahre ’08 and John Retka ’09, 1/15/11, Brooklyn Park, MN. Lindsay Peterson ’08 and Michael Collins, 12/19/10, Kaneohe, HI. Stephanie Caldwell ’09 and Corey Jaeger, 3/12/11, Mapleton, MN. Emily Johnson ’09 and Nicholas Hefty ’09, 8/8/10, Chicago, IL. Rachel E. Gieseke Markos ’09 and Adam Markos, Golden Valley, MN. Kayla Timm ’09 and Adam Mathwig, 5/7/11, Chanhassen, MN. Angel Matthes ’10 and Drew Yackel-Juleen ’10, 6/4/11, St. Paul, MN. Rebekah Schulz ’10 and Dan Jackson ’10, 2/26/11, Chaska, MN. Margeaux Demmer ’11 and Nick Streiff, 8/7/10, Hayfield, MN. Laura A. Jensen ’11 and Jesus Huerta, 3/26/10, Dundas, MN.

TWIN CITIES AND ST. PETER-MANKATO AREA GUSTIE BREAKFASTS Join other Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus—a great way to meet and network with Gusties in the Twin Cities and the St. Peter/Mankato area. The St. Peter breakfasts will be held the second Wednesday of each month, the Twin Cities on the third Wednesday of each month.

TWIN CITIES GUSTIE BREAKFASTS Third Wednesday of each month


Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

C. Charles Jackson Campus Center Banquet Room Gustavus Adolphus College Campus

8 a.m. breakfast, 8:30 a.m. program

7:30 a.m. breakfast, 8 a.m. program

$10 per person

$8 per person; $15 per couple

Call the Office of Alumni Relations 800-487-8437

Call Institutional Advancement at 507-933-7512



September 21, 2011

September 14, 2011

Nobel Conference® Preview October 19, 2011 Jack Ohle, president November 16, 2011 Rob Gardner, interim artistic

Nobel Conference® Preview October 10, 2011 Jack Ohle, president (Note deviation from second Wednesday.) November 9, 2011


coordinator for Christmas in Christ

Rob Gardner, interim artistic

Boden, to Susan Johnson Nelson ’91 and Andrew Nelson, 12/30/10. Cameron, to Beth Peterson Krebsbach ’93 and Timothy D. Krebsbach, 11/21/10. Charles, to Bethany Johnson Nissen ’93 and Brian Nissen, 11/29/10. Aralia, to Janeen Laatsch Ruby ’93 and Dan Ruby, 5/20/10. Oliver, to Karen M. Ellingson ’94 and Shawn Cornella, 11/29/10. Owen, to Mark A. Ensrud ’94 and Jan Ensrud, 2/8/11. Noah, to Kristin Naumann Mannix ’94 and Nathan A. Mannix ’95, 3/25/11. Mikko, to Sarah Pearson Matala ’94 and Bradley J. Matala ’94, 5/10/11. Joshua, to Michael J. Ostrum ’94 and Kimberly Ostrum, 3/2/11. Alyda, to Kevin P. Overgaard ’94 and Stacy Overgaard, 3/17/10.


coordinator for Christmas in Christ

December 21, 2011 David Kenney, author of the Sesquicentennial books January 18, 2012 Jeff Owen ’92, economics/ management

Chapel December 14, 2011 David Kenney, author of the Sesquicentennial books January 11, 2012 Jeff Owen ’92, economics/ management

Speakers’ schedules may change, so please see for current information.

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SESQUICENTENNIAL ALUMNI ATHLETIC EVENTS From fall 2011 through September 2012; Gustavus Adolphus College is celebrating its 150th Year with many events. We are inviting everyone to come help us celebrate! Among these events are the College’s SESQUICENTENNIAL ALUMNI ATHLETIC EVENTS. Each sport will have its own special event where you can reminisce with your former teammates and coaches, watch the Gustie team in action, and meet with the current team members. Further details regarding location, time, and registration for each event will be coming to you soon. Come join us in celebrating 150 years of Gustie Pride and Excellence—it just won’t be the same without you.

Aug. 27, 2011

| Men’s and Women’s Cross-Country

Sept. 24, 2011 | Women’s Soccer Oct. 1, 2011

| Football

Oct. 1, 2011

| Softball

Oct. 1, 2011

| Baseball

Oct. 8, 2011

| Volleyball

Oct. 15, 2011

| Gustavus Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Oct. 22, 2011

| Wrestling

Nov. 12, 2011

| Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving

Jan. 7, 2012

| Women’s Basketball

Jan. 18, 2012

| Men’s and Women’s Nordic Skiing

Jan. 21, 2012

| Gymnastics

Jan. 28, 2012

| Men’s Hockey

Feb. 11, 2012

| Women’s Hockey

Feb. 18, 2012

| Men’s Basketball

April 21, 2012 | Men’s Tennis April 28, 2012 | Men’s and Women’s Track & Field May 5, 2012

| Men’s Soccer

Dates T.B.A. for Men’s and Women’s Golf and Women’s Tennis Further details will be available at



Kirsten, to Gretchen Michlitsch ’95 and Allen Hillery, 9/30/10. Annie, to Kari Bisbee O’Connell ’95 and Chris O’Connell, 9/25/10. Gabe, to Carrie Redman Robb ’95 and Tracey Robb, 7/4/10. Corbin, to Kymm Wiberg Durocher ’96 and Scott Durocher, 10/10/10. Sylvia, to Jenifer J. O’Leary ’96 and Jacob M. Dorer ’96, 3/1/11. Natalie, to Jennifer Mull Daskal ’97 and Steven J. Daskal, 4/16/11. Piper, to Karissa Wicklander Kirvida ’97 and Wayde Kirvida, 11/17/10. Camden, to Ashley Baker Owens ’97 and Randy Owens, 5/26/10. Gavin, to Kari Seidel Aase ’98 and William J. Aase ’97, 5/23/09. McKayla, to Ryan J. Benedict ’98 and Leah Benedict, 1/14/11. Anton, to Duane Buck ’98 and Lisa Buck, 2/24/10. Braden, to Angie Henrikson Fahl ’98 and Aaron C. Fahl ’99, 10/8/10. Tessa, to Kristin Short Gahart ’98 and Kevin N. Gahart ’96, 3/16/09. Liam, to Jennifer Lee-Pentz ’98 and Erik Pentz, 6/29/09. Graham, to Maree Klatt Pesch ’98 and Ryan W. Pesch ’99, 4/27/10. Harper, to Becky Vanderwerf Myers ’98 and Kevin D. Vanderwerf Myers ’97, 1/15/11. Reija, to Sheryl Filby Williams ’98 and James F. Williams, 11/28/10. Miles, to Jill Windschitl Dockter ’99 and Blaine J. Dockter, 1/08/11. Svea, to Laura Horstman Gennrich ’99 and Matthew A. Gennrich ’97, 12/5/10. Reece, to Mike Johander ’99 and Holli Kuczek Johander, 11/15/10. Natalie, to Ann Melchert Meverden ’99 and Ryan Meverden, 2/17/11. Luke, to Sara Leadholm Retka ’99 and Garrett Retka, 2/24/11. August, to Tiffany Oslund Richter ’99 and Jason J. Richter, 3/30/11. Edythe, to Melissa McDougall Zuel ’99 and Jamie Zuel, 10/29/10. Henry, to Jessica Carlson Bell ’00 and Adam Bell ’01, 6/26/09. Mark, to Kerry Carlson Bohnsack ’00 and Steven Bohnsack, 12/30/10. Gillian, to Angie Hendrickson Kerkman ’00 and Alan Kerkman, 2/19/11. Brynne, to Stephanie Huble Morris ’00 and Scott A. Morris ‘02. Maxwell, to Kelly Fletcher Robertson ’00 and Jeffrey W. Robertson, 6/29/10. Bainbridge, to Katie Sexe ’00 and Kevin C. Talbot, 4/13/10. Kaien, to Jeremy Carlson ’01 and Heather Carlson, 3/17/11. Evy, to Jill Chaffee Erdman ’01 and Jason Erdman, 12/1/10. Lydia, to Virginia Fagerberg Hennighausen ’01 and Tim Hennighausen, 12/25/10. Bennett, to Katie Becker Sherck ’01 and Bill Sherck, 2/18/11. Nolan, to Karen Heidesch Weber ’01 and Christopher M. Weber ’01, 1/24/11. Blaine, to Emily Johnson Frazier ’02 and William R. Frazier, 3/28/11.


IN MEMORIAM Gretchen Johnson ’36, Port Hueneme, CA, on April 26, 2011. Ruth Vikner Gamelin ’37, Chelan, WA, on May 31, 2011. She was a homemaker and a volunteer for church world relief, and is survived by her husband, Francis ’38, five sons including Daniel ’63 and Timothy ’63, and a daughter, Lili ’75. Gertrude Erickson Martin ’39, Lake City, MN, on May 26, 2011. She was a former selfemployed accountant and insurance agent and is survived by a son, Peter ’68, and a daughter, Kristin Schaefer ’74. Philip Hovander ’41, Minnetonka, MN, on April 30, 2011. He was owner and operator of Hovander Foods and is survived by one daughter. Milton Casebere ’42, Decorah, IA, on February 21, 2011. He is survived by his wife, Shirley.

Myron Nielsen ’42, Grand Rapids, MN, on May 28, 2011. He was a retired science teacher and coach for Grand Rapids High School and is survived by son Michael ’69, one daughter, and one sister. Judy Anderson Dove ’43, Austin, TX, on May 27, 2011. She was a retired English teacher for Owatonna High School and is survived by one daughter and one sister. Wallace Lornell ’43, Yarmouth Port, MA, on May 7, 2011. He was retired as a professor of sociology for New York State University and is survived by his wife, B.J. (Lundquist ’44), one daughter, and two sons. Olive Peterson ’43, St. Peter, MN, on April 20, 2011. She was a retired Nicollet County clerk of district court. Lenard Lindstrom ’48, Lubbock, TX, on April 29, 2011. He was a retired consultant for Hartford Insurance Group and is survived by his wife, Sandra, one daughter, two sons, and one sister. Gladys Lund Olson ’48, Scottsdale, AZ, on April 25, 2011. She was a retired educator and is survived by one son and two daughters including Donna Schreve ’75. Dale Windhorn ’49, St. Peter, MN, on July 3, 2011. He was a retired civil engineer for Bolton & Menk and is survived by one son and one daughter. Arthur Wiggins ’50, Westbrook, MN, on April 24, 2011. He was a farmer and is survived

by his wife, Janice, one son, and daughters Julie Nadeau ’81 and Mary McKasy ’86. Art Adamson ’51, Eden Prairie, MN, on April 24, 2011. He was retired general sales manager for Federated Insurance and is survived by his wife, Amy (Wampler ’54), and three sons including Paul ’77 and David ’81. John Bloom ’51, Maple Grove, MN, on April 11, 2011. He was a retired accountant and is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and daughters Susan ’78 and Marcia Bodnar ’81. C. Verner Gustafson ’51, Roseville, MN, on May 16, 2011. He was former owner of Rent All Minnesota and is survived by his wife, Virginia (Anderson ’53), a daughter, Susan Edwards ’78, and two sons. Ronald Bertoch ’52, Perham, MN, on April 15, 2011. He was retired executive vice president for BNI Coal Ltd., a former member of the Gustavus Board of Trustees (1978–83), and is survived by his wife, Kathleen, one son, and one brother. Richard Lane ’52, Overland Park, KS, on June 6, 2011. He was a retired John Deere implement dealer and farmer and is survived by his wife, Donna Marie, one daughter, and two sons. Jeanne Youngquist Strand ’52, Camarillo, CA, on April 9, 2011. She was a former secretary, bank teller, counselor, and volunteer and is survived by her husband, Marold ’52, one son, one daughter, and one brother.


Griffen, to Ali Fugleberg Hemphill ’02 and Jeffrey Hemphill, 2/22/11. Adelaide, to Brooke Bemmels Pavek ’02 and Keith Pavek, 12/19/10. Matthew, to Amy Nida Scott ’02 and Thomas P. Scott ’03, 2/13/11. Brynn, to Dana Anderson Tran ’02 and Jason L. Tran ’02, 12/18/10. Evelyn, to Becca Boesen Anderson ’03 and Tom Anderson, 10/21/10. Ella, to Steph Witty Anderson ’03 and Troy J. Anderson ’03, 3/23/11. Eleanor, to Jody Anderson Gabler ’03 and Philip Gabler, 9/3/10. Bennett, to Kira Rice Hilden ’03 and Thomas L. Hilden ’03, 2/27/11. Sean, to Beth Worley Huizinga ’03 and Christopher S. Huizinga ’02, 12/25/10. Brynn, to Katie Josephson Ploog ’03 and Troy Ploog, 4/27/11. Charles, to Joanie Preiner Raiche ’03 and Chad Raiche, 4/14/11. Logan, to Mike Ryan ’03 and Tricia Czerniak Ryan, 4/16/11. Caryn, to Annie Johnson Selander ’03 and Nathan R. Selander ’03. Henry, to Sarah E. Crane ’04, 7/30/10. Charlotte, to Diana Wichmann Reindal ’04 and Heath D. Reindal, 3/5/10. Ella, to Leah Whitworth Rich ’04 and Matthew D. Rich ’05, 1/5/11. Thor, to Rachel Schwingler Sviggum ’04 and Hans Sviggum ’03, 6/2/11. Drew, to Kari Steffenhagen Bluhm ’05 and Nathan Bluhm, 2/15/11. Olivia, to Emily Wenzel Campbell ’05 and Joseph J. Campbell ’05, 1/28/11. Roman, to Kirsten Worzala Dumke ’06 and John Worzala Dumke, 4/28/11. Liara, to Ana Sietsema Hulzebos ’06 and Mark J. Hulzebos ’06, 4/11/11. Mallory, to Lauren Hittle Kraemer ’06 and John R. Kraemer ’06, 1/26/11. Caleb, to Briana Monson Miller ’06 and Josh Miller, 4/19/11. Samuel, to Stephanie Haugdahl Nelson ’06 and Andrew R. Nelson ’06, 4/4/11. Annabelle, to Trista Munk Shultz ’06 and Brett D. Shultz, 2/1/11. Alden, to Laura Carr Whittaker ’06 and Matthew D. Whittaker ’06, 4/25/10.

Lindell performs for Minneapolis Musical Theatre

Stacey Lindell ’00, Richfield, MN, played the role of Christine Colgate, a young American heiress traveling in the French Riviera in a Broadway musical comedy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, performed at the Illusion Theater June 10–26. This was Lindell’s eighth role with Minneapolis Musical Theatre. The Minneapolis Musical Theatre is dedicated to providing community access to high quality, affordable works of musical theatre that have never or rarely been performed in the Twin Cities. Founded in 1992 originally as a touring troupe, MMT presented its first full season of musicals in the Twin Cities during the 2000–2001 season. It has produced over 40 musical productions, including an impressive 22 area premieres, to significant critical and audience acclaim.

FALL 2011



Celebrating Eric Butorac’s success Gusties got together in England to celebrate and support alumnus Eric Butorac ’03 in his successes at the 2011 Wimbledon Tennis Tournament—both in gentlemen’s doubles and mixed doubles. At the time of this picture Eric and his partner, Jean-Julien Rojer, had just beaten a team from Slovakia. Pictured from left are Barb Wilkinson, Gordon Reid ’91, Steve Wilkinson, Eric Butorac ’03, Jean-Julien Rojer, Marcia Bussey ’71, and Mike Bussey ’69.

V A round for Gustie golfers past and present Last spring several recent golf team alumni returned to the Le Sueur Country Club to share golf, stories, tradition, and a round of golf with some current team members. Kneeling in front is Jordan Hawkinson ’08. Standing from left are Clayton Johnson ’07, Alex Woodhull ’10, Chris Cole ’08, Brent Borgstahl ’04, Eric Harris ’08, Erik Tone ’07, Jon Husu ’14, Kyle Rohlfs ’08, Matt Jensen ’14, Trevor Gervais ’13, Greg Peterson ’88, Coby Rowley ’13, Andrew Oakes ’14, Alex Pederson ’12, Alex Kolquist ’13, Alex Flasch ’13, Derrick Davis ’13, Simon Erlandsson ’14, Andrew Evenson ’09, and A.J. Olson ’10.


Military brass

Ryan Mangan ’06, a former member of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, is currently a tubist in the Minnesota National Guard 34th Infantry Division “Red Bull” Band, based in the Twin Cities. He is pictured here with Gustavus Wind Orchestra conductor Douglas Nimmo at the Minnesota Music Educators Mid-Winter Clinic in mid-February 2011. Ryan served with the Red Bull Band while they were deployed for a year to Afghanistan, returning last year.



Larry Matsuura ’54, Honolulu, HI, on February 23, 2011. He was a retired psychologist and is survived by his companion, Margaret Glenn, two sons, one daughter, two sisters, and one brother. Esther Zimmerman Atcherson Hoppes ’55, Indianapolis, IN, on May 28, 2011. She was retired director of affirmative action at Indiana State University and is survived by her husband, Everett, three daughters, and three sons. Donald Erickson ’56, Saint George, UT, on May 5, 2011. He was retired owner and operator of Upland Lighting and is survived by his wife, Bobbi, one son, and one daughter. Gerald Forkrud ’58, Redwood Falls, MN, on June 21, 2011. He was retired vice president of Construction Materials and is survived by his wife, Dorothy, one son, and three sisters. David Eckman ’59, Duluth, MN, on June 11, 2011. He was a retired ELCA pastor and is survived by his wife, Janice (Erickson ’70), one daughter, one son, one stepson, and one sister, Barbara Krig ’52. Paul Youngdahl ’59, Minneapolis, MN, on June 20, 2011. He was senior pastor of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church since 1974, served on the Gustavus Board of Trustees 1988–97, and is survived by his wife, Nancy, two sons, and one daughter, Kristi ’86. (See the On the Hill section for a more detailed obituary.) Linda Lundgren Erickson ’61, Minnetonka, MN, on June 3, 2011. She was a retired employee of Hopkins School District and is survived by a brother, Stephen ’60, a sister, Joanna Kuehn ’64, two daughters including Jenny McInerney ’86, and one son, Mike ’89. Neta Frykman Lamp ’64, Alexandria, MN, on June 15, 2011. She was a lifelong nurse at several hospitals, consultant for Joint Commission Resources, and is survived by one daughter, one son, two stepdaughters including Abby Lamp Keaton ’94, and brothers David ’61 and Richard ’69. Victoria Anderson ’73, Hilton Head, SC, on April 3, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Don Schuttera, sisters Sheryl Menge ‘67 and Sandra Soboy ‘71, her mother and stepfather, and one stepson. Michael Johnson ’79, Maple Grove, MN, on May 29, 2011. He was vice president of human resources for MACC CommonWealth Services and is survived by his wife, Kim (Unke ’79), two sons, one daughter, his parents, two sisters, and two brothers. Miriam Hokenson Langsjoen ’79, St. Paul, MN, on May 19, 2011. She was a mezzo soprano vocalist and was also employed by Edina Park Plaza; she is survived by her parents, two sisters including Becky ’73, and two brothers. Alfred Hoppe, Mankato, MN, on June 18, 2011. He was a former groundskeeper at Gustavus and is survived by his wife, Elma, two sons, four daughters, one brother, and three sisters. James Sandland, Mankato, MN, on May 10, 2011. He was employed by Gustavus as a campus security officer from 1976–86 and is survived by two sons and one daughter.

Photo by Clark Kampfe ’12

2011 CHRISTMAS IN CHRIST CHAPEL Julljus: Light from the Old World; Light to the New December 2, 3, & 4, 2011 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Christ Chapel

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Christ Chapel and the 150th anniversary of Gustavus Adolphus College, we celebrate the coming of Christ’s light—to Sweden in the Middle Ages; to Minnesota in the 19th century; and to the fractured, darkened world of today. Through music, words, and dance, we will tell the stories of some who bore the light and some who received it—immigrants all, looking back with longing and regret, looking forward with anxiety and hope. At the center, the story of a babe in a manger—poor, vulnerable, but filled with the light that transforms the world. And at the center of this, the 39th Christmas in Christ Chapel, is Julotta, the traditional Christmas matins service, brought by Swedish immigrants from the Old World to the New. Join us in this musical service of music of remembrance and revelation. Tickets for the Christmas in Christ Chapel service ($17.50 each) and for the buffet ($17.50 each) will be available online at Tickets will go on sale at noon on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011. When you place your order online, you will be able to choose the service and Christmas Buffet that you wish to attend, based on availability. Seating for the buffets prior to each service is limited, so early reservations are strongly suggested. Ticket exchanges may be possible, but no refunds can be given. If you do not have access to the Internet, tickets will be available by phone at noon on Oct. 17, by calling 507-933-7520. Credit card payment is required for phone orders.

800 West College Avenue St. Peter, Minnesota 56082

The Gustavus Adolphus College Artist Series brings the Grammy-winning Chestnut Brass Company to Jussi Bjรถrling Recital Hall on October 18. Since beginning as a street band in Philadelphia in 1977, the ensemble has performed in North and South America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Asia and has earned international acclaim for brilliant performances on modern and historical brass instruments. As curators of the sounds of ancient and antique brasses, the Chestnut Brass Company has been at the forefront of the period-instrument revival, with performances on cornetti, sacbuts, keyed bugles, and saxhorns. The quintet continues to collect antique brass instruments and to research the literature and performance practice of these instruments. Tickets are available at, or by calling 507933-7590.

Photo By Paul Nixdorf


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