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in this issue 4 FROM THE EDITOR 5 ON THE HILL

 Edgar Carlson award n Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award n Honorary Alumnus Ken Westphal n Brenda Kelly named associate provost n A Royal Affair n Nobel Conference schedule n Hillstrom Museum of Art exhibitions n Calendar


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14 Student marshals Hannah Walters ’16 and Logan Boese ’16 led the procession from Christ Chapel to the commencement site.

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GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS COLLEGE BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Rev. Jon V. Anderson, MDiv, New Ulm, Minn. (ex officio) Bishop, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, Redwood Falls

The end is the beginning

Scott P. Anderson ’89, MBA, Eagan, Minn. Chairman, President, and CEO, Patterson Companies, Inc., Mendota Heights Tracy L. Bahl ’84, MBA, Greenwich, Conn. (vice chair) Executive Vice President, CVS / Caremark, Woonsocket, R.I. Warren L. Beck ’67, Greenwood, Minn. President, Gabbert & Beck, Inc., Edina Grayce Belvedere Young, MBA, Edina, Minn. Founder and CEO, Lily Pad Consulting

The fall issue of the Gustavus Quarterly typically announces a number of achievements and honors earned by students, faculty, alumni, and other members of the Gustavus community as the school year comes to a close. This issue is no exception, featuring commencement, alumni recognition, and the faculty’s Edgar M. Carlson Award. On Sunday, May 31, 616 bachelor’s degree candidates were named during commencement exercises—a recordsize class. Forty of them had earned cumulative grade point averages of or above 3.900 and were named summa cum laude. The College’s 33rd class of Phi Beta Kappa inductees was elected by a faculty committee of Gustavus’s Eta Chapter of Minnesota to honor the students’ excellence in the study of liberal arts. The commencement stage was also the site of the announcement of the 2015 Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest accolade that can be bestowed upon a Gustavus professor by the College’s faculty. This year’s honoree is David Obermiller, PhD, associate professor of history, who joined the faculty in 2008 (and who is featured on page 5 of this magazine). But “commencement” [Middle English commencen < Old French comencier < Vulgar Latin cominitiare, originally, to initiate or consecrate < Latin com-, together + initiare, to initiate or begin] implies a beginning even as it marks an end. The graduation candidates cross the stage and move their mortarboard tassels to signify that they’ve completed a course of study and earned a bachelor’s degree. Armed with that degree they begin again—some enrolling in graduate school, some starting on the ground floor of their dream, some committing to a volunteer calling that makes their lives count. It’s no secret why the alumni association plans its banquet and awards ceremony to coincide with commencement: our newly minted grads could learn much from those alumni who “began again,” embarking on the rest of their lives 10, 25, or 50 years ago. A distinguished group of alumni was recognized for life achievement at the Alumni Banquet on May 30, 2015. First Decade Award winners were Paul Fraser ’05, composer and sound designer, and Kelly Cooper Younge ’05, PhD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems. Distinguished Alumni Citations went to Paul Cole ’79, PhD, manager director/owner, Africa Broadband Power Line Ltd.; Mary Ann Kristiansen ’85, executive director, Hannah Grimes Marketplace; and Trish Haugo Wheaton ’72, president, Wunderman Canada. A new addition to the awards this year was the 50th Year Award, which recognizes a member of the 50th-anniversary alumni class. It was bestowed on Mary Ellen Tordsen Kitundu ’65, president, International Health Partners U.S.-Tanzania. And, Paul Tillquist ’63, most recently an executive consultant at Gustavus, was named recipient of the Greater Gustavus Award for service to the College. They all have made their lives count.

Rebecca M. Bergman, St. Peter, Minn. (ex officio) President, Gustavus Adolphus College Daniel G. Currell ’94, JD, St. Paul, Minn. (vice chair) Executive Director, Corporate Executive Board, Arlington, Va. Bruce A. Edwards ’77, Westerville, Ohio CEO, DHL Global Supply Chain (ret.) James H. Gale ’83, JD, Washington, D.C. Attorney at Law Marcus M. Gustafson ’73, DDS, Lakeland, Minn. Founder and Former CEO, Metro Dentalcare, Minneapolis John O. Hallberg ’79, MBA, Wayzata, Minn. CEO, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Minneapolis Jeffrey D. Heggedahl ’87, MBA, Minneapolis, Minn. (ex officio) Business Executive and Immediate Past President, Gustavus Alumni Association Susanne B. Heim ’83, Edina, Minn. Former Co-owner, S and S Heim Construction George G. Hicks ’75, JD, Eden Prairie, Minn. (chair) Managing Partner, Värde Partners, Inc., Minneapolis The Rev. John D. Hogenson ’81, MDiv, Edina, Minn. Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis Linda G. Huett ’66, Minneapolis, Minn. President and CEO, Weight Watchers International, Inc. (ret.) Linda Bailey Keefe ’69, MBA, Atlanta, Ga. Vice President, NAI Brannen Goddard Talmadge E. King, Jr. ’70, MD, Oakland, Calif. Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Paul R. Koch ’87, Plymouth, Minn. Senior Vice President/Investments, UBS Financial Services, Wayzata Jan Ledin Michaletz ’74, Edina, Minn. Past President, Gustavus Alumni Association Thomas J. Mielke ’80, JD, Flower Mound, Texas Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Irving, Texas Marcia Page ’82, MBA, Edina, Minn. Founding Partner, Värde Partners, Inc., Minneapolis The Rev. Craig Pederson ’90, MDiv, Minneapolis, Minn. (ex officio) Assistant to the Bishop, Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA, and President, Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations The Rev. Wayne B. Peterson ’77, MDiv, Plymouth, Minn. Pastor, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church The Rev. Dan S. Poffenberger ’82, MDiv, Stillwater, Minn. (vice chair) Senior Pastor, Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church, Prior Lake Christopher J. Rasmussen ’88, PhD, Berwyn Heights, Md. (ex officio) Vice President for Programs and Research, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and President, Gustavus Alumni Association

Steve Waldhauser ’70, Managing Editor

Beth Sparboe Schnell ’82, Corcoran, Minn. CEO, Sparboe Companies, Wayzata Ronald C. White ’75, Las Vegas, Nev. Chief Sales Officer, Growth Development Associates, Inc.



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Swenson-Bunn award Ken Westphal named honorary alumnus Brenda Kelly is associate provost Save the date for A Royal Affair

8 Nobel Conference schedule 9 Hillstrom exhibitions 10 Fall calendar



David Obermiller earns Edgar Carlson teaching award from Associate Professor Matt Panciera’s introduction at the 2015 commencement exercises


he Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Gustavus faculty member. Nominations are accepted from students, faculty, and staff, which document examples of the faculty member’s excellence in the classroom, enthusiasm for teaching and advising, and the use of particularly innovative or collaborative teaching methods. Let me read to you directly from some of the student nominations for the 2015 Edgar Carlson Award recipient. They are eloquent and compelling: “There are numerous qualities, traits, and actions that qualify this professor for the teaching award. He teaches his students differently from other professors, helping students to learn and retain material rather than simply memorizing data. The class requires numerous readings for discussion the next day, and this is a helpful parallel to being prepared for a day in graduate school or doing rounds while in residency; one must always be prepared. Topics covered during this professor’s discussions are often controversial subjects, yet he challenges every student’s view to think outside of the norm and consider the other possibilities.” Another student writes: “This professor has become my mentor because he puts his life into his work. He always makes time to meet with students and challenges us to succeed by giving us challenging assignments. After taking his class my world view has expanded tremendously and I feel like I have grown as a reader, writer, student, and most importantly as a person. There is nobody else I would nominate before him.” And finally, I have saved the best for last. “I took his class on a whim to satisfy general education credits, but what I got out of it was alone worth coming to Gustavus. He uncovers mysteries of

Associate Professor of History David Obermiller, who was named recipient of the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching by his colleagues, acknowledged the commencement crowd’s applause. the past in a riveting and challenging environment that makes history absolutely fascinating for everyone. I thought I knew what WWII was about from what I learned in high school; I knew absolutely nothing compared to what I learned in his class. His teaching methods are unconventional, based on conversation and personal engagement in the subject. I strongly believe every teacher could learn a lot from him. He expects a lot of his students and encourages them to excel through his high expectations. There were many times when I walked out of class absolutely astounded and had to call my parents or a friend and tell them about what I had learned. That never happens. He is deeply passionate about what he teaches, and his passion is contagious. His students respect him so much that, on a day he had to miss, when he asked us to hold class without him, everyone was present and actively part of discussion. The connections he makes with

his students leave an impact; his lessons stay with you forever. David Obermiller is easily the best professor in the nation.” I love that line—David, you should really put that on your door! I am pleased to present this year’s Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching to Dr. David Obermiller, associate professor of history. Dr. Obermiller joined the Gustavus faculty in 2008. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa, his master’s and PhD in history from the University of Iowa, with a dissertation titled “The U.S. Military Occupation of Okinawa: The Politicizing and Contesting of Okinawan Identity, 1945–1955.” He is currently associate professor and chair of the History Department, and in addition is heavily involved in several interdisciplinary programs, including Three Crowns Curriculum, Japanese Studies, and Environmental Studies. Congratulations, David! n

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Students recognize music professor for teaching excellence


had Winterfeldt, cantor of Christ Chapel and adjunct assistant professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College, received the 2015 Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence at the College’s Honors Day convocation on May 2. The award, the only faculty award at Gustavus to be nominated and selected by students, has been presented annually since 1990. Winterfeldt has been an organist and adjunct assistant professor in the College’s Department of Music since 2004, and added duties as cantor in August 2014. He holds a bachelor of music degree in organ

performance from Concordia College, Moorhead, a master of music degree in organ performance from Yale University, and a doctor of musical arts (DMA) degree in organ performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Charles Ives Prize for an outstanding major in organ playing at Yale and the UNL Humanities Center Award for Graduate Research or Creative Activity from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Swenson-Bunn Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence honors the memory of two Gustavus students and members of the

2015 Swenson-Bunn Award recipient Chad Winterfeldt, DMA Student Senate, Greg Swenson and Holly Bunn, who were killed in a car accident in 1989. n

Vice President Kenneth Westphal awarded honorary degree

During the 2015 commencement exercises, VP Ken Westphal was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, honoris causa, by his adopted college. President Bergman and Board chair George Hicks ’75 performed the hooding.


n 1988 an accountant who had been part of the auditing team from the Minneapolis accounting firm of Adrian Helgeson & Co., which conducted the annual audit of Gustavus Adolphus College’s books, decided to act on his growing attachment to Gustavus. Learning that Vice President Ross Bloomquist ’45 would soon be retiring, Ken Westphal applied for and was subsequently named vice president for



business affairs. Now, with more than 25 years of service behind him, he has been honored by Gustavus with an honorary degree for his contributions to the College’s operations. Westphal grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University in Ames for a year before earning a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Virginia Polytechnic and State University at Blacksburg in 1974. Following graduation he sat for his CPA certification and joined the “Big Eight” international accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand as an auditor. In 1980, he accepted a position at Adrian Helgeson & Co., where he was an audit supervisor and later audit partner. Helgeson’s clients included Gustavus as well as all of the old American Lutheran Church-affiliated colleges and several of the LCA-affiliated ones. During the degree conferral ceremony at Commencement 2015, President Rebecca Bergman noted, “Mr. Westphal exemplifies the mission and core values of Gustavus Adolphus College. He is a champion of the liberal arts and, in the words of one member of the review committee recommending him for this honor, ‘bleeds black and gold.’” “He shows enormous respect for all people and in turn is a highly respected member of our campus community,” wrote another member of the review

committee. “Regardless of how bleak the College’s finances may have looked, he has always supported the work of the academic programs—and in a very respectful manner.” “Mr. Westphal was instrumental in the initiative that resulted in Beck Hall and the first renovation of the Nobel Hall of Science,” said President Bergman in introducing him to the audience at the College’s commencement exercises. “He has applied his expertise in budget processes, investments, college finances, and risk management and earned the deep respect of not only the entire Gustavus community but also many of his peers at other educational institutions for his financial acumen. His dedicated work was critical to the College’s successful recovery in the wake of the devastating tornadoes that hit Gustavus and St. Peter in 1998. He is a caretaker for this college in more literal ways as well, such as handling a mop in Beck Hall when resource allocation for janitorial staff was underfunded. “In his many years at Gustavus Mr. Westphal has consistently demonstrated his high level of integrity, humanity, and professionalism. In everything he does, he has displayed his loyalty and deep commitment to the College. He is indeed a true ambassador of Gustavus, and we are proud to claim him as our own.” n

Associate Provost Brenda Kelly, PhD


ssociate Professor of Chemistry and Biology Brenda Kelly has been named interim associate provost and dean of sciences and education at Gustavus Adolphus College. Kelly will assume the role vacated by former Associate Dean Darrin Good, who was named vice president of academic affairs at Whittier College in May 2015. Kelly began her ten-month tenure in the Provost’s Office in July 2015. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Creighton University (1995) and a PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Washington (2000). At Gustavus since 2002, Kelly has taught courses in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and introductory chemistry. In her research laboratory, she and her students have explored scientific questions regarding the relationship between the structure of biological enzymes and their function. Currently, she is co-authoring a textbook on the science of cooking. n


Interim associate provost named

Save the Date Gustavus Library Associates proudly presents

A Royal Affair November 14, 2015 Radisson BLU Hotel, Mall of America Join us to celebrate “A Royal Affair” benefiting the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College with emcees Colleen Brady Lindstrom ’99 (MyTalk 107.1) and Adam Carter ’98 (WCCO Radio). Enjoy a fabulous dinner followed by the music of Kim Beyer Fragodt ’83 and the Benny Weinbeck Trio for dancing and listening. Bid on an exciting auction of fun and hard-to-find items!

It will be a Gustie gala extraordinaire! Visit for more information, or contact Dana Lamb at or 507-933-7550.

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51st Nobel Conference explores addiction


ddiction permeates our society. With the scourge of methamphetamines, the increasing use of heroin, and the ubiquity of alcohol, addiction is now an “equal opportunity condition.” The 2015 Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College, titled “Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition,” is scheduled for October 6 & 7, 2015, and will bring together experts in medicine, neuroscience, sociology, economics, and philosophy to explore the science and experience of addiction. What does it mean to be addicted? Is it a brain condition? A psychological disorder? A sociological problem? And, how do the various understandings of addiction influence public policy decisions? The answers to these questions raise an even more critical one: What treatment options are available? This question will be addressed in the Wednesday afternoon session by a panel of experts working in the field of treatment and recovery. “The definitions and descriptions of addiction are contentious,” says Gustavus Professor of Philosophy Peg O’Connor, chair of the 2015 Nobel Conference. “Some see it as a brain disease, some others as a psychological condition, some as a consequence of environmental factors, and others as a spiritual crisis. It may be all of these or some combination—no one knows for certain. What is certain is that the substances and behaviors to which a person may be addicted continues to grow as different experts argue the inclusion of food, sex, the Internet, and exercise.” Join us this fall for the 51st Nobel Conference on October 6 & 7. The Nobel Conference, the first ongoing educational conference of its kind to be authorized by the Nobel Foundation of Stockholm, Sweden, is made possible through a core endowment funded by Adeline and the late Rev. Drell Bernhardson, major legacy gifts, and annual contributors. Tickets are available online at



NOBEL CONFERENCE 51 SCHEDULE Tuesday, October 6, 2015

ADDICTION Exploring the science

and experience of an equal opportunity condition 9:30 a.m. Academic Procession and Opening Ceremony Welcome, Rebecca M. Bergman, President of the College 10 a.m. First Lecture: Eric Kandel, MD – 2000 Nobel laureate in physiology/medicine; University Professor, Kavli Professor of Brain Science, and professor of biochemistry and cellular biophysics at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York; Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Adolphus College Medical Institute; founding director of the Center for Neurobiology andGustavus Behavior October 6 & 7, 2015 at Columbia; director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science and co-director of the Mind-Brain Behavior Initiative 1 p.m. Second Lecture: Denise Kandel, PhD – professor of sociomedical science in psychiatry at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, New York; research scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and head of the Department of Epidemiology of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, located in the Columbis University Medical Center, Manhattan 3 p.m. Third Lecture: Sheigla Murphy, PhD – director of the Center for Substance Abuse Studies, Institute for Scientific Analysis, San Francisco, Calif. 6–8 p.m. Art at the Nobel Conference Hillstrom Museum of Art, Jackson Campus Center Reception (no ticket required) 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Front-Line Triage” 8:00 p.m. Music at the Nobel Conference Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Christ Chapel (no ticket required)

The Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College is the first ongoing education conference of its kind in the United States. It is made possible through income generated by a Nobel Conference Endowment and the support of annual conference contributors.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

9:45 a.m. Music Prelude and Welcome 10 a.m. Fourth Lecture: Carl Hart, PhD – associate professor of psychology in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, New York; director of Residential Studies and Methamphetamine Research Labs at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, located in the Columbia University Medical Center, Manhattan 1 p.m. Fifth Lecture: Owen Flanagan, PhD – James B. Duke Professor and Faculty Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University, Durham, N.C. 3 p.m. Panel Discussion: “Exploring Different Treatment Options” • Anne M. Fletcher, MS, RD – award-winning health and medical writer, author of Sober for Good and Inside Rehab: The Surprising Truth about Addiction Treatment and How to Get Help That Works • William Cope Moyers – vice president of public affairs and community relations, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation; author of Broken: My Story of Addiction and Redemption and Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery • Michael V. Pantalon, PhD – senior research scientist in emergency medicine and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. • Mark Willenbring, MD – founder of Alltyr Clinic in St. Paul, Minn., and former director of the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research of the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md. 6:30 p.m. Nobel Banquet and Closing Lecture Evelyn Young Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center (Banquet ticket required) 7:30 p.m. Closing Lecture: Marc Lewis, PhD – professor of developmental psychology at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands; author of Memoir of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs


Hillstrom Museum of Art presents two exhibitions beginning in September by Donald Myers ’83


he Hillstrom Museum of Art will present two concurrent exhibits from September 14 through November 8, 2015: Grant Wood’s Lithographs: A Regionalist Vision Set in Stone; and Art Inspiring Art: George Bellow’s Sunset, Shady Valley, focused on the Museum’s 1922 landscape painting by American master George Bellows (1882–1925). The Bellows painting was donated to the Museum in 2012 by the late Reverend Richard L. Hillstrom. When his collection was shown at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in 1993, the landscape was described by him as the “crème de la crème” of his holdings. It depicts the area around Woodstock, New York, where the artist spent a number of summers, and it has been shown numerous times at the Museum. This upcoming exhibition couples it with two new artworks, one of which is a video created by Priscilla Briggs of the College’s Department of Art and Art History. Briggs’s work takes the Bellows image as its inspiration, as does a poetic response written by Joyce Sutphen. A member of the Department of English, Sutphen is also the Poet Laureate of the State of Minnesota, a position to which she was appointed by Governor Dayton in 2011. Sutphen’s poetic piece and Briggs’s video will be exhibited adjacent to Sunset, Shady Valley. Like the Bellows exhibit, Grant Wood’s Lithographs: A Regionalist Vision Set in Stone will also highlight the Hillstrom Collection. The Museum holds a complete set of examples of all nineteen of the lithographs by famed Regionalist artist Grant Wood (1891–1942). These were created in the last half decade of the artist’s life and were the locus of most of his artistic efforts in that period, when he painted only a handful of pictures and spent a great deal of time lecturing. The Museum’s collection includes two lithos purchased using acquisition funds from donations, two that were donated by Hillstrom, four donated jointly by Hillstrom and Dr. David and Kathryn (Rydland ‘71) Gilbertson, and eleven donated solely by the Gilbertsons. They also donated an example of a limited edition of Main Street, the 1920 novel by Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951), for which Wood provided illustrations; the book, published in 1937 and signed by Wood, will be included in the exhibit.

Grant Wood (1891–1942), SelfPortrait Caricature, 1939, ink on paper, 5 ½ x 3 ½ inches (image; sheet dimensions 9 x 6 ¾ inches), lent by Dr. John and Colles Larkin Grant Wood (1891–1942), Self-Portrait, cast after plaster original of 1925, bronze, 3 ⅛ x 2 ⅛ x 1 inches, lent anonymously

One of the most controversial of all of Wood’s works is his 1937 lithograph Sultry Night (1937), one of his few nudes (most of which were male figures). Wood’s lithos were distributed partly through the mail, and his dealer, Associated American Artists under Reeves Lewenthal, was told that this work would be deemed obscene by the postal service so could not be mailed. Sultry Night and a related painting Wood made around the same time, have been extensively considered in a recent study on the artist, Grant Wood: A Life, by R. Tripp Evans, who has carefully re-examined what is known about Wood and rumors circulating even in his lifetime that he was a closeted homosexual. Though the artist denied that there was anything sexual about Sultry Night, he certainly was embarrassed by the reception of the related painting and actually sawed off the nude figure and burned that portion of the painting before delivering it to the collector who had arranged to buy it. In conjunction with

the exhibition, author Tripp Evans has been invited to lecture on campus, tentatively set for the afternoon of Sunday, October 18. Another of Wood’s lithographs being shown is of particular interest for Gustavus. Honorary Degree (1937) was made after the University of Wisconsin, Madison awarded him the first of several honorary degrees he received during his career. Wood lampoons himself in the image’s central figure, contrasting his unsophisticated and exaggeratedly rotund form with the flanking tall and thin academic figures bestowing his degree. These two are modeled after Wood’s colleagues at the University of Iowa (Iowa City), where he taught starting in 1934, and the man on the left is based on Carl E. Seashore (1866–1949), Dean of the Graduate School. Seashore, a prominent psychologist who was interested in the psychology of music and whose 1919 Seashore Tests of Musical Ability are still in use today, was a graduate of the Gustavus class of 1891.

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Grant Wood (1891–1942), Sultry Night, 1937, lithograph on paper, 9 x 12 inches, Hillstrom Museum of Art purchase, with endowment acquisition funds The Grant Wood exhibition will include two additional self-portraits of the artist, lent by private collectors, including a small bronze relief that reproduces a plaster depiction the artist made of himself probably in 1925, and a caricature drawing that doubles as an autograph of the artist, lent by Minnesota collectors Dr. John and Colles Larkin. The latter is dated 1939 and, as in the bronze mask and the image in Honorary Degree, emphasizes Wood’s distinctive cleft chin and the large and round frames of his eyeglasses, which here double as the two middle letters of Wood’s surname. Other works in the exhibit include a fine portrait drawing of an unidentified young woman, given to the Museum in 2011 by Hillstrom in memory of his brothers Leland and Rodney, a drawing of an ear of corn related to Wood’s never-completed autobiography Return from Bohemia,



Grant Wood (1891–1942), Landscape with a River and Hills, c. 1930–1931, oil on wood panel, 17 ½ x 21 ½ inches, lent by Keichel Fine Art, Lincoln, Nebraska

Donald Myers ’83 has been director of the Hillstrom Museum of Art since its opening in 2000. He is also an instructor of art history in the Department of Art and Art History at Gustavus.


lent by Childs Gallery, Boston, from the Collection of Thomas S. Holman, and two landscape paintings, one lent by an art dealer in Nebraska and the other from the collection of the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul. There will be an opening reception for the exhibitions at the Museum on Monday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m., and another reception during the College’s Nobel Conference, on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 6 to 8 p.m. A special dance performance related to the Conference theme of addiction and choreographed by Michele Rusinko of the Department of Theatre and Dance will be presented in the Museum space during the Nobel reception. Titled This I Carry, it will be performed by alumna Amelia Ruth ’95, who was a member of the Gustavus Dance Company during her student years and now teaches dance in the Twin Cities. n

Grant Wood (1891-1942), Iowa Landscape “The Crik”, 1934, oil on board, 19 ½ x 21 ¾ inches, lent by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Katharine G. Ordway Fund Purchase Grant Wood (1891–1942), Honorary Degree, 1937, lithograph on paper, 11 ¾ x 7 inches, Hillstrom Museum of Art purchase, with endowment acquisition funds George Bellows (1882–1925), Sunset, Shady Valley, 1922, oil on wood panel, 16 ⅜ x 24 inches, gift of the Reverend Richard L. Hillstrom

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Grant Wood (1891-1942), July Fifteenth, lithograph on paper, 8 15⁄16 x 11 15⁄16 inches, gift of Dr. David and Kathryn Gilbertson

25, 26, & 27 Outdoor Theater: Linnaeus Arboretum hosts Nature, a walking play by TigerLion Arts; Arb grounds, four performances, rain or shine (Sept. 25, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 26, noon & 5:30 p.m., Sept. 27; 1 p.m.). Ticket required; order online at 26 Campaign Gustavus Closing Celebration: Celebrate the success of the College’s most ambitious fundraising campaign to date. In the Homecoming tent immediately following the football game. 26 Music: Alumni Choir, Gregory Aune, conductor; Morning Worship, Christ Chapel, 10:30 a.m. Public invited without charge.


27–September 7 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!


8 Opening Convocation of the College’s 154th academic year; Christ Chapel, 10 a.m. 14–Nov. 8 Art Exhibitions: Grant Wood’s Lithographs: A Regionalist Vision Set in Stone; and a focused exhibit on the Museum’s landscape painting Sunset, Shady Valley, by American master George Bellows. Hillstrom Museum of Art, regular hours: Mon.– Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1–5 p.m. Public invited without charge. 15 Reading in Common: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Lacks family members will participate in a Q & A and Meet & Greet; Alumni Hall, 7 p.m. Public invited without charge. 25–27 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend: Gustie alumni come home to the Hill. Reunion activities for classes ending in 0s and 5s. See page 28 for details or call Alumni & Parent Engagement (800-487-8737).



6–7 Nobel Conference 51: “Addiction: Exploring the Science and Experience of an Equal Opportunity Condition”; Lund Center Arena, opening at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 6. Contact Marketing & Communication (507-933-7520), or visit gustavus. edu/nobelconference/. Ticket required; order online at 6 Music: The Nobel Conference Concert, featuring the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Ruth Lin, conductor; Christ Chapel, 8 p.m. Public invited without charge. 9–11 Family Weekend: Events & entertainment. For more information, call Campus Activities (507-9337598).

11 Music: Family Weekend Music Events – Morning Worship, featuring the Lucia Singers & Chapel Ringers, Christ Chapel, 10:30 a.m.; Jazz Brunch, featuring the Gustavus jazz ensembles, Evelyn Young Dining Room; Showcase, featuring the Gustavus Choir, Gustavus & Vasa wind orchestras, Choir of Christ Chapel, & Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Christ Chapel 2 p.m. Public invited without charge. 16 Artist Series: Organist Kalevi Kiviniemi; Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Ticket required; order online at 30 Founders Day: Employee award ceremony; Christ Chapel, 10 a.m.; reception, Alumni Hall, 10:30 a.m.


5, 6, 7, & 8 Theatre: Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason & the Argonauts, Mary Zimmerman, playwright, Henry MacCarthy, director; Anderson Theatre, 8 p.m. (Nov. 4, 6, & 7) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 8 only). Ticket required; order online at 7 Music: Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Fall Concert, Ruth Lin, conductor; Jussi Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Public invited without charge. 7 38th annual Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet & Induction Ceremony; Alumni Hall, 6 p.m. For reservations, contact Alumni & Parent Engagement (800-487-8437 or

CAMPAIGN GUSTAVUS CLOSING CELEBRATION On September 26 please join President Rebecca Bergman and Board Chair George Hicks ’75 to celebrate the successful completion of Campaign Gustavus, the College’s multi-year $150 million comprehensive fundraising effort. Festivities will begin in the Homecoming tent immediately following the football game.


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

SPORTS Up-to-date sports

Voz en Punto performs November 15 as part of the Artist Series.

14 Music: Gustavus & Vasa Wind Orchestras Fall Concert, James Patrick Miller & Karrin Meffert-Nelson, conductors; Björling Recital Hall, 5:30 p.m. Public invited without charge. 14 A Royal Affair, Gustavus Library Associates’ biennial gala benefiting the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library; Radisson Blu Hotel, Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn. For more information, contact Marketing & Communication (507933-7520) or visit gla. Ticket required; order online at 15 Music: Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Fall Concert, Dave Stamps, director; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Public invited without charge. 15 Music: Adolphus Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos Fall Concert, Dave Stamps, director; Björling Recital Hall, 3:30 p.m. Public invited without charge. 16 Artist Series: Voz en Punto in Concert; Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Ticket required; order online at 21 Music: Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra Fall Concert, Justin Knoepfel, conductor; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Public invited without charge. 22 Music: Gustavus Percussion Ensemble Fall Concert, Paul Hill, director; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Public invited without charge. 25–29 Thanksgiving Recess


4, 5, & 6 Christmas in Christ Chapel 2015: “Shalom, Salaam Bethlehem”; 3:30 p.m. (Dec. 5 & 6) & 7:30 p.m. (Dec. 4, 5, & 6). Tickets required; order online at (Tickets go on sale beginning at noon on Monday, Oct. 12.) 8 Music: Christmas Winds in Christ Chapel, featuring the Gustavus & Vasa wind orchestras, James Patrick Miller & Karrin Meffert-Nelson, conductors; 10 a.m. Public invited without charge. 10 Festival of St. Lucia, Christ Chapel, 10 a.m. GLA’s Lucia Luncheon, Alumni Hall, 11 a.m. Luncheon reservations accepted from GLA members following mailing of invitations in early October. For more information, call 507-933-7520. 11 Artist Series: Michael Johnson in Concert; Björling Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Ticket required; order online at 11, 12, & 13 Dance: Choreographers’ Gallery, Melissa Rolnick, director; Anderson Theatre, 8 p.m. (Nov. 11 & 12) & 2 p.m. (Nov. 13). Ticket required; order online at 12 Music: Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Fall Concert, Karrin Meffert-Nelson, Ann Pesavento, James DeVoll, John Engebretson, & Rena Kraut, directors; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m.

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 director of sports information, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082-1498. Also, you can listen to selected Gustavus athletics broadcasts over the Internet. Broadcasts may be accessed through a link on the Gustavus athletics website.

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 (507-933-7013) or email (

TICKETS Tickets for the

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

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COMMENCEMENT2015 Photos by Stan Waldhauser ’71



It was a perfect day. It was a record class of 616 bachelor’s degree candidates. It was an occasion for laughter and tears, for handshakes and hugs. It was Commencement 2015 at Gustavus Adolphus College. The Gustavus Wind Orchestra, conducted by James Patrick Miller, DMA, set the tone for an afternoon of celebration with renditions of Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams culminating in Sir Edward Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance.” Senior Rosalie Repke of Orono, Minn., delivered this year’s senior address. Anna Wiltse, Colorado Springs, Colo., was recognized with the R. John Van Deusen Award for persevering through extraordinary personal challenges to receive a college degree. David Obermiller, PhD, associate professor of history, environmental studies, and Japanese studies, received the Edgar M. Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. And, Vice President for Finance Ken Westphal was surprised with an honorary doctorate for his 25+ years of significant contributions to the College’s operations. We all sang the “Alma Mater” and the “Gustie Rouser” and the graduates threw their caps. It was Commencement 2015 at Gustavus Adolphus College. It was a perfect day.



3 1 George Hicks ’75, chair of the Gustavus Board 2 Senior speaker Rosalie Repke ’15 3 Graduate Baseme Osuampke with her parents

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COMMENCEMENT2015 Caps flew as the commencement exercises concluded. Inset photos:

1 Associate Professor of Communication Studies Martin Lang ’95 greeted Jameiley Aristide as she claimed her diploma from the faculty of her major department.

2 Board chair George Hicks ’75 congratulated Jennifer Marquette (foreground), and President Rebecca Bergman congratulated Jessica Martin (background) as they crossed the stage. 3 Nicholas Reiners gets a hug from a faculty mentor. 4 A little cap art 5 President Bergman with new grad Donte Curtis at the post-commencement reception on Eckman Mall 6 Shaketta Reliford with her father and sister. 7 Fellow graduates Angela Gewerth (left) and Kadie Habana celebrate. 8 Tiana Cervantes’s father checks out her diploma. 9 A commemorative photo at the “sign” was a must.












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. . . ‘Like meeting an old friend’ . . . The Gustavus Quarterly spans more than 70 years by Steve Waldhauser ’70

October 1944 December 1979

“. . . The copy of the first issue of the Greater Gustavus Association Quarterly reached my desk today, and I have paged through it with much interest. It is like meeting an old friend. I am sure this bulletin will be a very important factor in cementing the alumni and friends of Gustavus into a strong, unified organization for the advancement of our college. . . .” ~ John Palm ’20


May 1987

December 1988

Ren Anderson ’34



October of 1944, a 16-page periodical was delivered to the mailboxes of all living and located alumni of Gustavus Adolphus College. An official publication of the Greater Gustavus Association, the fledgling alumni association of the College, it was first published as the Greater Gustavus Association Quarterly, under the direction of Carl Jackson ’23, president of the board of trustees; Edgar Carlson ’30, president of the College; and Lloyd Swanson ’35, executive secretary of the Greater Gustavus Association; with assistance from Aldrich Bloomquist ’43, director of publicity at Gustavus. A naming contest was announced in the first issue, with a prize of five dollars to be awarded to the person whose suggestion was adopted by the association. The winning entry? . . . the Greater Gustavus Quarterly! The magazine carried that title from its second issue, in 1944, through Vol. 43, No. 6 (we were always a bit loose about numbering our issues). In fact, even as the title was apparently changed to “Gustavus Adolphus College” starting with the October 1987 issue, the postal notice inside continued to read “Greater Gustavus Quarterly.” A redesign in 1994 finally coordinated the magazine’s title, “The Gustavus Quarterly,” with its periodical designation. The June 1945 issue featured an article on Edwin and Bertha (Almén 1910) Vickner, who had been honored in April by the alumni association with the inaugural Greater Gustavus Award for their gifts to the College and its library. It also contained a story about the six Langsjoen brothers—Arne ’42, Harold (Flit), Odin ’44, Leif ’47, Sven Verner (Beanie) ’48, and Ralph (Tonk) ’50—and their father, German and Spanish professor Nels P. Langsjoen 1911. Issue No. 2 (January 1945) had contained an announcement that Ren Anderson ’34 had been hired as public relations director. By October 1945 John Nyberg ’42 had taken on duties as editor of the magazine, while Don Brostrom ’37 and Ren Anderson were listed as associate editors. The magazine was on its feet and ready to run. In the March 1946 issue of the Quarterly, alumni editors were identified in the magazine. Lois (Treadwell 1908) Carlton, wife of longtime English professor Ernest Carlton, and Jeannette (Hatlestad ’43) Anderson efficiently collected the news notes received from the expanding alumni base. Although its aim was to reach alumni and convince them to include Gustavus in their philanthropy, the Quarterly’s editorial content was varied. The December 1952 issue included a 32-page photo insert promoting student enrollment. The November 1959 issue featured a spread introducing the full professors on the Gustavus faculty. For much of its history The Gustavus Quarterly has been a black-and-white production. The first color cover, from December 1979, featured a photo of Christmas in Christ Chapel. The second was a wrap-around, aerial view of the campus for the May 1987 issue. A color cover promoting the College’s Nobel Conference ran on the December 1988 issue, and another color aerial view graced the Spring 1992 cover. The 50th anniversary issue (Fall 1994) featured color inside as well. That issue was the first produced with creative partner and publisher Primarius Ltd., a PR and event firm led by Kelvin Miller ’73.

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By June 1948 Ren had assumed responsibility for producing the magazine. His wife, Sylvia (Benzon ’36), joined the staff in 1959 as alumni editor when Lois Carlton transitioned to “correspondent.” Ren was promoted to vice president for development and public relations in July 1963, and Jim Wennblom ’53 was promoted to director of public relations and assumed the role of Quarterly editor while Ren became advisory editor. Cec Eckhoff ’56 joined the staff as director of alumni affairs and became associate editor of the magazine in 1964. Ren stepped in as editor again in late 1970, but Cec served as the Quarterly’s de facto chief for 30 years until his retirement following the 1993–94 academic year. When Ren retired in 1978, Cec was officially named editor of the Quarterly. Steve Waldhauser ’70, who had joined the College administration in 1977 as director of news services and sports information, added associate editor to his duties and worked closely with Cec before being tapped in 1986 to take a position in the student affairs division as director of residential life. “I remember late-night and early-morning hours spent with Cec in the Carlson Administration Building,” says Waldhauser, “with all the galley pages for the next Quarterly spread out in order on the floor of the lower-level hallway. Cec had a thing about white space; if he spied a short column, he’d want me to write a few lines on the spot to fill the space.” Following Waldhauser’s move, news services director Jeffrey Miller and staff writer Kathryn Christenson served as contributing writers for the magazine, Randall Stuckey ’83 and Barb Larson ’93 had responsibilities as alumni editors, and retirees Milt ’49 and Elaine Brostrom were recruited as editorial assistants. Brett Pyrtle succeeded Miller in 1990 as news service director and also served as a contributing writer and managing editor of the Quarterly until 1997. With Pyrtle’s departure, Vice President for College Relations Dennis Johnson ’60 was executive director for the magazine up to his retirement in 2000. By that time Waldhauser had returned to the college relations division, where he would be managing editor of the magazine for another 18 years (1997–2015) before his own retirement in 2015. The Gustavus Quarterly has offered a wide range of feature stories in addition to coverage of campus news and, of course, alumni activities. Among the more recent features: “Century of Competition: Celebrating the Centennial of Intercollegiate Athletics” (Fall 2002); “The Third Path: Gustavus Adolphus College and the Lutheran Tradition,” Professor Darrell Jodock’s definitive essay on Lutheran colleges’ church-relatedness in the 21st century (Summer 2003); “Reading, Writing, & Ravioli,” former Mankato Free Press writer Joe Tougas’s article on the Gustavus Dining Service (Fall 2005); “A Parade of Personalities: 75 Years of Theatre at Gustavus,” 1978 graduate William Randall Beard’s 75th-anniversary look at the theatre department (Spring 2007); and “Songs of Thy Triumph: A Short History of Gustavus Adolphus College,” a five-part series celebrating the College’s Sesquicentennial (Fall 2011–Fall 2012). Perusing an issue of the Quarterly has indeed been “like meeting an old friend.” As we look to the future, we may anticipate more friendships—from print-oriented Gusties and, increasingly, from those who will read the College’s story in social media. Managing editor Steve Waldhauser ’70 retired in August after serving on the Gustavus Quarterly staff for a total of 26 years.

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Carolyn Draayer wins NCAA postgraduate scholarship

by Ethan Armstrong ’09


ustavus senior women’s hockey player Carolyn Draayer of Deephaven, Minn., is one of 29 studentathletes participating in women’s sports to be named a postgraduate scholarship winner by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Created in 1964, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished studentathletes. To qualify, student-athletes must Carolyn Draayer ’15 excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility, and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade-point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative. Carolyn Draayer is the 36th Gustavus student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since football player James Goodwin ’74 became the first in 1973–74. The epitome of a Gustie and the embodiment of the Division III philosophy, Draayer was a standout talent on the ice, a brilliant and hard-working student, and a true ambassador for Gustavus and its community. As a center and two-year captain on Head Coach Mike Carroll’s squad, Draayer played in 111 of 113 career games and scored 81 points (52 goals and 29 assists). A twotime all-conference performer, she ranks ninth in Gustavus women’s hockey history in goals, fifth in power play goals (18), and 21st in points. The Gusties went a combined 87–19–7 overall and 63–7–2 in the MIAC over Draayer’s four-year career, winning three



MIAC championships and two MIAC playoff titles, and making two trips to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four. As a communication studies major with a near perfect cumulative grade point average of 3.97, Draayer has proven her excellence in the classroom. According to Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Pamela Conners, who serves as her academic adviser, Carolyn is much more than just a great GPA. “She elevates classroom discussion with thoughtprovoking comments and probing questions, says Conners. “In assignments, she seeks out the greater challenge in pursuit of greater understanding. And she pushes us all to think more deeply about the implications of our ideas for the world around us. Her passion for learning is inspiring.”

Thanks to the combination of top-class athletic and academic ability, Draayer has received several honors and distinctions over the course of her career. She was awarded the Elite 89 Award at the 2013 NCAA Women’s Hockey Frozen Four, the Elite 22 Award at the 2014 MIAC Playoff Championship, and earned a place on the 2013-14 CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large Team. She is also a three-time Academic All-Conference honoree, a threetime American Women’s Hockey Coaches Association All-American Scholar, and a three-year member of the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Fraternity, the national honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually in its three divisions, 87 for men and 87 for women, awarded by season. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants of $7,500 that can be used for research, books, tuition and other educational expenses at any graduate school.

The 2015 MIAC Regular Season Champion Gustavus Adolphus College Women’s Tennis Team: front row from left – Ally Baker, Laurel Krebsbach, Riley Abeysekera, Lauren Ihle, Sofia Huitron; middle row – Lizzy Stanczyk, Cal Carlson, Taylor Shortly, Maggie Nelson, Kaity Johnson; back row – Laura Martin, Avery Bather, Sidney Dirks, Katie Aney, and Michaela Schulz

or register online at by October 30.



ALUMNI ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES Tennis – Women Alumnae Match, Saturday, September 12, 2015 10 a.m., Swanson Tennis Center (rain or shine). Event will honor the 1990 National Championship team. Contact Jon Carlson at Hockey – Men’s Hockey Golf Tournament, Friday, September 18, 2015, 12:30 p.m., Le Sueur Country Club. Contact Brett Petersen at

The 2015 MIAC Regular Season Champion Gustavus Adolphus College Men’s Tennis Team: front row from left – Grahamm Kellogg, JJ Jansen, Mitch Elofson, Taylor Parr, Ben Halvorson, Zach Ekstein, David Brown, T Connor Shives, Chad Stearns, Alex Smith; middle row – Assistant Coach Mya Smith-Dennis, Mason Bultje, Gabe Steinwand, Mohanad Al-Houni, Collin Shea, Tommy Entwistle, Colin Rieke, Matt Bettes, Head Coach Tommy Valentini; back row – Sam Hjelm, Matt Baker, Nick Reiners, Gavin Kulick, David Hagberg, Joakim Ekfeldt, Andres Saenz, Brad Entwistle, and Motasem Al-Houni

Spring Sports Review Men’s Golf – Despite a strong finish to its 2014–15 season, the Gustavus men’s golf team failed to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Gusties’s spring season was highlighted by a first-place finish at the Bobby Krig Invitational and a second-place finish at the Saint John’s University Spring Invitational. Rookie sensation Chris Captain (Rochester, Minn.) earned several postseason honors, being named the MIAC Freshmanof-the-Year and earning a spot on the Golf Coaches Association of America Division III All-Freshman Team as the Freshman-of-theYear for the Central Region. The 2014 MIAC individual medalist, Captain played in all 25 rounds and led the team with a stroke average of 76 (+4). Women’s Golf – The Gustavus women’s golf team capped the spring portion of its season with two top-three finishes and fourthplace effort at the highly-competitive Illinois Wesleyan University Invitational. The Gusties brought their season to a close on a high note by finishing third at the Carleton College

by Ethan Armstrong ’09

Spring Invitational and second at the Blugold Spring Invitational. Senior Jordan Drenttel (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and first-year McKenzie Swenson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) were named to the all-conference team in the MIAC’s postseason awards, while Drenttel, Swenson, and Mae Meierhenry (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.) were honored by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) on the AllMidwest Region Team. Women’s Tennis – Following a three-year absence, the Gustavus women’s tennis team returned to the pinnacle of the conference by capturing the MIAC championship in unbeaten fashion. Head Coach Jon Carlson’s squad went a perfect 10–0 in league play to claim the program’s 27th MIAC title. The Gusties defeated St. Olaf 5–1 in the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs before seeing their season come to an end with a heartbreaking 5–2 defeat at the hands of St. Thomas in the MIAC playoff championship. Gustavus went 16–13 overall and had four players honored with MIAC postseason awards. Sidney Dirks (Jr., St. Peter,

Football – Football 50 Year Club, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 10:30 a.m. reception, 11 a.m. luncheon in Campus Banquet Rooms, 1 p.m. football game vs. Augsburg College. For players who played football at Gustavus 50 or more years ago (Classes of 1969 and older). To register call the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at 800-487-8437, visit, or return the registration form sent via regular mail. Contact Randall Stuckey at Volleyball – Alumnae Volleyball Day, Saturday, October 3 vs. St. Thomas Reunion and recognition of the 40th anniversary of the 1975 national tournament team. Spring Alumnae Match and dinner is scheduled for May 7, 2016. Swimming and Diving – Alumni Intrasquad Pentathlon, Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10 a.m., Vic Gustafson Natatorium, Campus. Contact Jon Carlson at 24th Annual Gustavus Tennis Gala, Saturday, January 30, 2016, Swanson Tennis Center. For tennis alumni and friends. Register online at gustavus. edu/go/tennis-gala by January 22. Contact Tommy Valentini at tvalenti@ or Jon Carlson at

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Minn.) was named to the all-conference doubles team, while Laurel Krebsbach (Sr., North Oaks, Minn.), Michaela Schulz (So., Elk River, Minn.), and Lizzy Stanczyk (Jr., Plymouth, Minn.) were selected to both the all-conference singles and doubles teams. A Spanish and education major with a 3.96 GPA, Stanczyk was honored with the MIAC Elite 22 Award, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average at the conference championship in their sport. Men’s Tennis – The Gustavus men’s tennis team took care of business en route to the program’s 27th consecutive MIAC championship by posting a 9–0 dual-match record in league play. The MIAC championship was the 48th for the men’s tennis team since 1940 and the sixth for head coach Tommy Valentini since he took over the program in the 2009–10 season. Within their run of 27 straight league titles, the Gusties have won 251 consecutive MIAC matches. Following the conference season, Motasem Al-Houni (Sr., Tripoli, Libya), Mohanad Al-Houni (Fy., Tripoli, Libya), Brad Entwistle (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.), and Andres Saenz (So., Cancun, Mexico) earned places on the all-conference singles and doubles teams. The squad went on to claim its fifth straight MIAC playoff championship with a 5–0 win over Carleton and as a result earned the MIAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA tournament. At the Whitewater, Wis., NCAA Regional, Gustavus defeated UW-Whitewater 5–1 in the second round but saw its season end with a 5–2 loss to Chicago in the region final. The Gusties went 20–11 overall and had three players qualify for competition in the NCAA championships. Motasem Al-Houni and Andres Saenz competed in the doubles tournament and made it to the second round. Mohanad Al-Houni competed in the singles tournament but fell in the opening round. Motasem Al-Houni and Saenz earned All-America honors by virtue of their performance at the 2014 USTA/ITA Midwest Regional, where Al-Houni won the singles title and paired with Saenz for the doubles title. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association also honored the senior Al-Houni as the Most Improved Player of the Year. Softball – The Gustavus softball team completed its 2015 campaign with a thrilling postseason run that led to the MIAC playoff championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament. As the No. 3 seed with a league record of 16–6 heading into the MIAC playoffs, the Gusties blanked both Hamline and St. Thomas 6–0 in their opening two games, then defeated St. Thomas 4–3 in walkoff fashion to claim the program’s first MIAC playoff championship and earn a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009. Head Coach Jeff Annis’s club saw its season end in the NCAA regional tournament held in Pella, Iowa. The Gusties edged region host Central College 3–2 in their opening game but fell to Aurora University 3–2 in 12 innings and Central 7–4 to finish their season with an overall record of 34–16. Senior Sarah Rozell (Lakeville, Minn.) was the highlight of the MIAC’s postseason honors by being named the MIAC



Tournament MVP and the MIAC Pitcher-ofthe-Year. Seniors Kailey Morgan (Mound, Minn.) and Shelby Nosan (Baudette, Minn.), and sophomore Hannah Heacox (Stillwater, Minn.) were also named to the all-conference team, while senior Carly Klass (Richfield, Minn.), Nosan, and Heacox were honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) as all-region performers. Baseball – The Gustavus baseball team finished ninth in the conference standings after going 6–12 in the MIAC and 14–22 overall. Senior captain Garrett Fuchs (Cold Spring, Minn.) was named to the allconference team after leading the Gusties at the plate all season. Fuchs hit a teambest .392 to go along with a slugging percentage of .520. He recorded a team-high 16 multiple-hit games, hit .420 with runners in scoring position, and led the team in runs (27), hits (49), doubles (8), triples (4), and RBI (30). Sophomore first baseman Dalton Mattson (Princeton, Minn.) was also honored following the season by being named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team with a cumulative GPA of 3.95 in economics. Men’s Track and Field – The Gustavus men’s outdoor track and field team compiled 56 points to finish seventh at the MIAC championships held May 8–9 at Macalester College. The Gusties opened the meet with a pair of all-conference performances courtesy of Jesse Scheiterlein (Sr., Sartell, Minn.) and Thomas Knobbe (So., Decorah, Iowa). Scheiterlein recorded a toss of 164 feet, 2 inches to finish second in the hammer throw, while Knobbe crossed the finish line in 32:02.62 to place third in the 10,000-meter run. Day two of the meet was highlighted by the runner-up effort of Ed Remine (So., Mantorville, Minn.), who posted a time of 54.92 in the 400-meter hurdles.

Women’s Track and Field – The Gustavus women’s track and field team concluded its outdoor season with a seventh-place finish at the MIAC championships after accumulating 57 points over the course of the two-day meet. The final day of the meet was highlighted by the hammer throw effort of senior Elizabeth Weiers (Sr., Le Center, Minn.). Weiers successfully defended her 2014 title with a second straight MIAC championship after recording a toss of 168 feet, 9 inches. To go along with a secondplace finish her sophomore season in 2013, Weiers becomes the program’s first threetime all-conference performer in the hammer throw since Kirsten Olinger and Jen Mull did so in the mid-1990s. She is also the first two-time winner of the event since Mull in 1995 and 1997 and Olinger in 1994 and 1996. Fellow senior Caitlin Fermoyle (Mendota Heights, Minn.) also headlined the MIAC championships with a second-place finish in the 10,000-meter run after crossing the finish line in 37:22.51. Elizabeth Weiers was Gustavus’s lone representative at the 2015 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Weiers turned in her secondstraight All-America Honorable Mention performance by taking 11th in the hammer throw with a toss of 168 feet, 7 inches. Prior to the meet, Weiers was recognized at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Banquet with the prestigious Elite 89 Award for a second consecutive year. The English major with a perfect GPA of 4.0 is the College’s first student-athlete to receive the Elite 89 award in back-to-back years. Ethan Armstrong ’09 was sports information director at Gustavus from fall 2011 to spring 2015.

The 2015 MIAC Playoff Champion Gustavus Adolphus College Women’s Softball Team: front row from left – Kim Kurtzweg, Breanne Rentschler, Ali Hoffman, Nathalee Boissiere, Hannah Heacox, Shelby Nosan, Brooke Willemsen, Sarah Rozell, Carly Klass, Jessica Williams; middle row – Jena Willis, Student Manager Laura Nuy, Assistant Coach Jody Lunz, Assistant Coach Kyhl Thomson, Head Coach Jeff Annis, Assistant Coach Mark Weist, Assistant Coach Katy Vrieze, Jessica Neuman; back row – Kaitlyn Bicek, Paige Breneman, Rachel Malo, Addy Nelsen, Brooke Falk, Kailey Boissiere, Rachel Strandmark, and Amber Hoffman

LEGACY Office of Advancement celebrates philanthropy


he Office of Advancement and special guest Kevin Kling ’79 celebrated those alumni, parents, and friends who have given their support and philanthropy to Gustavus over the past year at the second annual Celebration of Philanthropy on April 24, 2015. The evening was full of the Gustavus stories of gratitude from students, faculty, and staff direct recipients of the generosity of the College’s donors. The holders of endowed faculty professorships were on hand to talk about their work, and more than 50 students hosted tables at the dinner. Reviewing Campaign Gustavus progress, George Hicks ’75, chair of the Gustavus Board of Trustees, announced further commitments to the Anderson Renovation (see note on p. 24). Storyteller Kevin Kling entertained guests during the evening, discussing his journey to Gustavus and those individuals and supporters who made his time at Gustavus special. He delivered a poem about his father (one of his greatest supporters) titled Star 1 (printed at right). He also read a new poem about his experience coming back to Gustavus for the Celebration of Philanthropy dinner. Titled Star II, it is printed for the first time here in the Quarterly. n

Star 1

by Kevin Kling ’79 My earliest recollection places me on my father’s knee. He’s pointing to the stars. “See that star?” I reach out my tiny hand “Gaaaa.” Dad laughs, “You want to hold it?” “Gaaa.” “No,” he says, “Let’s leave it there. You see, with that star you can navigate the world. That star can lead you to places never seen by another, but more importantly that star can take you home again.” “Gaaa.” Had my infant tongue been more explicit I could have related to him, “The universe isn’t a machine, father, It’s a brain, a creator, that’s why our lives are stories and not syllogisms. I have no intention of using that star as a vector. No, I want to go there. And if I can get to that star, it’s a short hop to the next and to the next and in no time I’m hunting with Orion, cart-wheeling the night sky with Cassiopeia, trafficking with heroes, drinking their wine, eating their meat. No, father, Get me to that star and I’m never coming home. GAAAAA.”

Star 2

by Kevin Kling ’79 In my time among the constellations I’ve found there are families I share my blood And families I’d give my blood I’ve learned that love thrives in audacity Dies in carelessness And hides in simple gestures Knowledge is acquired But Wisdom is recognized I’ve learned there’s the trip you plan and then there’s the trip you take And Home has gone from a place that is, to one I remember, to one I now create, Where I know the language unspoken The names of the gods The heroes The places to grieve where the music makes me dance What’s funny What’s sacred And where I will find you

Kevin Kling

So I’m sitting on my father’s knee, reaching up to the stars and I know now, though some of them are not burning anymore, they still send their light. So I reach at once to the past and to the future, I reach for home. And somewhere between where I sit and they send their light we meet, me looking up to the heavens and the stars looking down at what it’s like to be alive. FALL 2015


LEGACY Lind family donates $3 million to support education by Matt Thomas ’00


embers of the Lind family, representing the Carl and Aune Lind Family Foundation, have pledged $3 million to support various aspects of the Education Department at Gustavus Adolphus College. The gift includes $1 million to establish the Lind Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide financial aid support to education majors. Another $1 million of the gift will establish an endowed faculty position in the Education Department—the Lind Endowed Professor of Education. The third $1 million portion of the gift will

“We are all appreciative of the educational experience we had at Gustavus and the many relationships we built there and have enjoyed over the years. Our goal here is to continue the excellence Gustavus has shown in educating educators.” go toward renovating the College’s A.H. Anderson building, which will house the Education Department when renovations are completed. “This is an extremely generous and impactful gift that the Lind family is making to the College because it touches on three critical areas of the College—student access, teaching, and facility enhancement,” Gustavus President Rebecca Bergman said. “Investing in education and the future of Gustavus is a noble endeavor, and I can’t thank the family enough.” Four of the Lind Family Foundation’s board members are Gustavus alumni, including Denny Lind ’72 and his wife, Jeanne Anderson Lind ’74, along with Denny’s sisters Ethel Richard ’65 and Karen Brazas ’68. Jeanne, Ethel, and Karen were all education majors at Gustavus, and all went on to distinguished teaching careers— Jeanne in Minnesota and Ethel and Karen in California. Denny studied business



administration at and far-reaching The gift from the Lind family along Gustavus and has impact on many spent more than students for years with commitments from six other 40 years in banking to come.” Gustavus families to the Anderson Hall and finance. “This gift Renovation project totals $6 million “Together is a wonderful to the renovation fund, with only $1.5 as a family we example of the million left to go before the project are choosing to strong culture of support Gustavus philanthropy at can start. Learn how you can support by establishing Gustavus,” said this project by calling the Office of these endowed Thomas Young, Advancement at 1-800-726-6193. funds in honor Vice President for of our parents— Advancement. Carl and Aune “The College was Lind—and the educational opportunity built on a gift, grew over time thanks to they provided for us,” Denny Lind said. other gifts, and will continue to live out its “We are all appreciative of the educational mission of preparing students for lives of experience we had at Gustavus and the leadership and service because of gifts our many relationships we built there and have generous alumni will give in the future. It is enjoyed over the years. Our goal here is especially meaningful in the context of our to continue the excellence Gustavus has campaign, as it touches all three pillars of shown in educating educators. We feel the campaign—opportunity, teaching and that by supporting the Gustavus Education learning, and community.” n Department, this gift will have a lasting

Inaugural Anderson Summer Scholar selected by Kari Clark ’92


ruce Atwater ’06, his mother, Star Marie Pictured from left are faculty mentor Scott Bur, PhD; Star Anderson, and several Marie Anderson; Bruce Atwater ’06; Anna Krieger ’17; Liz members of the Anderson family Atwater; and Bruce AtWater. gathered on campus on Friday, March 6, 2015 to present the first Anderson Summer Scholar Award to Anna Krieger ’17. The award was established with an initial gift from the estate of Barbara K. Anderson and a gift from Star Marie Anderson. Barbara’s grandson, Bruce, graduated with a degree in chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College and went on to complete his PhD and continue his post-doctoral fellowship at York University. While at Gustavus, Bruce participated in summer student/faculty chemistry research. Bruce credits that experience with helping to prepare him for the rigors of graduate school and a career in science. He encouraged his family to establish this family legacy fund which would allow students to work intensively on a research project in chemistry with a faculty mentor. n Kari Clark ’92, JD, is a gift planner in the Office of Advancement.

Department of Psychological Science fortunate to have patron in the Rev. Dr. Gordon A. Braatz from the Psychological Science Blog by Nicole Goebel and Matt Thomas ’00


ince 2010, the Psychological Science Department has been able to provide a summer research opportunity for students staying on campus thanks to the active philanthropy from the Rev. Dr. Gordon A. Braatz. Research projects have included using eye-tracking technology to enhance and expand spatial attention, investigating the relationship between salicylate-induced tinnitus and circadian rhythmicity, and studying facial affect processing in high social anxiety situations using an fNIR apparatus. The research undertaken by students is an experience that will undoubtedly serve them well as they look toward futures beyond Gustavus. This summer research opportunity is competitive and is designed for students who would like to pursue independent research over the summer under the supervision of a Gustavus psychological science faculty member. Past and present recipients of the summer research opportunity include: Tara Hoverstad ’16, Matt Broschard ’16, Brooke Meyer ’14, Dan Marino ’14, Travis Sigafoos ’16, Jenna Chapman ’12, Hannah Durbin ’13, and Alex Gjorvad ’11. This research opportunity carries a modest stipend so that a student can dedicate time to pursue a psychological research question in depth. Recipients of the Braatz summer research stipend are required to present their work during the fall semester. Braatz is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Also a clinical psychologist, he has been actively engaged in psychological practice as well as parish ministry for 40 years. Among other credentials, Dr. Braatz obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota, spent many years as a supervisory psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and as an adjunct faculty member in psychology and psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He also has been a member

of the Gustavus Board Los Angeles, as well as of Trustees and shares in the Psi Chi Journal of an active interest in Psychological Research. providing opportunities Since leaving the for psychological science Hill, Noel received the majors. Fulbright Scholarship Braatz stated, which allowed him “My motivation for to spend two years underwriting summer researching the link research, and providing between robotics and dedicated funding for neuroscience at the [the Psychological Swiss National Institute Science student of Technology. Noel interaction room], stems is now at Vanderbilt from my own experience University in Tennessee as a research assistant pursuing his doctorate while I was a graduate in the neuroscience student, and later as I did graduate program. He my dissertation research. is the recipient of a After more than 40 The Rev. Gordon A. Braatz, PhD 2015 National Science years as a psychologist, I Foundation (NSF) want to do what I can to provide students Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). Noel with hands-on experience early, not only was one of 2,000 individuals awarded a to foster their own research endeavors as fellowship this year out of more than 16,500 the years move on, but so that they will be applicants. more informed consumers of the research Matt Broschard ’16 has also conducted they read about. My early experience has research supported by the Braatz Research stayed with me in a very positive way. I’m stipend. Matt received the Gustavus’ delighted if in a small way I can help others Presidential Grant and is continuing his to have that experience too”. research under the supervision of Dr. And there is no doubt that Braatz’s Lauren Hecht this summer. During his contribution has done just that. Jean-Paul summer research project, Matt designed a Noel ’12, one of the original recipients neuroimaging project studying the effects of the award, says that the research of olfaction on attention. His research he did at Gustavus “was a great way gave him valuable experience with an to get my feet wet for the first time.” electroencephalogram (EEG) and eyeBecause of his donation, Noel was able tracking equipment, experience he will to spend the summer of his sophomore continue to use as he works toward his year under Dr. Tim Robinson’s ’65 psychology honors major. Matt also hopes supervision doing research. Among other that his summer research will give him an things, he learned how to use E-Prime, a advantage after Gustavus. “I plan to pursue psychological software program widely a PhD degree in cognitive neuroscience used in psychology research to program where neuroimaging equipment like the experiments. Noel continued his research EEG is an essential tool to understand the project through his sophomore year and human brain.” n eventually presented the results at a conference at the University of California,

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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWS OUR MISSION T  o engage current and future alumni in lifelong relationships with Gustavus and each other to actively advance their commitment to the College.


MONTHLY SPEAKER SERIES The Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast series is changing. On the third Wednesday of the month, beginning in September, metro area alumni are invited to the Twin Cities Gustie Lunch Monthly Speaker Series at the American Swedish Institute. We’ll bring in alumni, faculty, staff, and friends who embody the five core values of the College: service, community, justice, excellence, and faith. Join us on Wednesday, September 16, as President Becky Bergman shares her vision for the Gustavus community over the coming academic year.

A degree well-earned On March 21 Professors Max Hailperin and Michele Koomen of the Gustavus Faculty Senate traveled to Willmar to present Richard Hoglund with an honorary bachelor’s degree a week before he passed away, peacefully, in his home. Richard attended Gustavus in 1944 and 1945, but his college career was interrupted by his call to duty during World War II. Last October, his grandchildren petitioned the College to award Richard an honorary degree. He was a devoted school supporter and his list of accomplishments merited the degree. Pictured are Richard ’48 and one of his granddaughters, Naomi Bowman Graves ’99.

Note that the Gustie Breakfasts in St. Peter will remain the same in format and will feature faculty and staff from the on-campus community. The next Gustie Breakfast on campus will be Wednesday, September 9, featuring Thomas Young ’88, Vice President for Advancement. For more details and for a list of upcoming dates and speakers, visit or contact 800-487-8437.



CLASS NEWS and information to be included in the Alumni section of the Quarterly should be sent to: Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement Gustavus Adolphus College 800 West College Avenue St. Peter, MN 56082-1498


•D  ue to space limitations, we don’t publish wedding or baby photos.


October 1 for the winter issue December 1 for the spring issue March 1 for the summer issue July 1 for the fall issue


•W  e welcome photos of alumni gathered anywhere in the world and will publish as many as space permits. • Send us Newsmaker notes to announce promotions, achievements, and recognitions; send a head-and-shoulders or similar photo with your news whenever possible. • Photos must be high resolution (i.e., 300 dots per inch or approximately 1MB or greater in file size).


A message from Catherine Asta ’75, President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors

A TRIFECTA OF CHANGE Dear Alumni and Friends of Gustavus, This past year the Alumni Board had a unique opportunity with a trifecta of change. There was a new Gustavus president, Rebecca Bergman, who set increased alumni involvement as one of her goals; there was a new director of the Alumni and Parent Engagement office, Glen Lloyd, who brought new ideas and energy to the work we do; and there were new officers on the Alumni Board. Gordon Mansergh ’84, vice president, and I, as Board president, initiated changes in Board communication, structure, and function. For the first time we had Board members in the role of secretary (Kara Buckner ’97) and treasurer (Ed Drenttel ’81), both of whom provide the Board important information for us to do our work. The Alumni Board works in partnership with the Alumni and Parent Engagement team to establish policies and develop programs and activities to support the mission of the Alumni Association and Gustavus. The Board members are dedicated and hardworking individuals who bring skills and talents to the work we are trying to accomplish. We are also fortunate to have Philly Kauffmann H’15 working to coordinate and facilitate our efforts. She received an Honorary Gustie Award this spring for all she has done for Gustavus and the Alumni Association during the past 35 years. The Alumni Board does its work through committees and task forces, with an overall approach of accountability through communication and transparency. This article is part of that effort, to share with you what the Alumni Board actually does. Some of the highlights of this past year’s work include the following: • The Homecoming Task Force has organized “Rock the Hill,” a new alumni event for all ages on Homecoming weekend. There will be live bands, a beer tent, and food. • The Recognition Committee selected the annual alumni award recipients from a nominated pool of alumni who are doing exceptional things with their lives, and planned the awards dinner on campus last May. Look for profiles of the awardees in this issue of the Quarterly. • The Students Committee has worked to support the very successful Mentor Program. • The Marketing and Communications Committee continues to work on ways to engage alumni through the website and other forms of communication. • The Survey Committee is working with Gustavus administration to develop a survey, which will be sent to select reunion classes starting fall 2015. • The Philanthropy Committee is working on ways to increase alumni giving to the Annual Fund. There was 100% participation by Board members in giving to the 2015 Annual Fund. • The Board welcomed as a member our first chapter representative, Kari Petracek Merz ’99 from Seattle, and we will also welcome to the Board this coming year the first Gustavus Young Alumni representative, Lydia Benge Briggs ’13. We were able to accomplish many things this past year, but our important work for the Alumni Association continues. It will be beneficial for Gustavus to receive alumni suggestions and input through the upcoming survey. You may also connect with us anytime via email at The Alumni Board will use this space in future Gustavus Quarterly issues to report on the work being done for the benefit of all alumni. We look forward to another productive year for the Alumni Board in 2015–16.

Go Gusties!

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION To engage current and future alumni in lifelong relationships with Gustavus and each other to actively advance their commitment to the College.


Catherine Asta ’75, President Gordon Mansergh ’84, Vice President Ed Drenttel ’81, Treasurer Kara Buckner ’97, Secretary


Lydia Benge Briggs ’13, Minneapolis, MN (GYA rep) Jean-Paul Bigirindavyi ’00, St. Louis Park, MN Michael Bussey ’69, Woodbury, MN Mike Dueber ’89, St. Paul, MN Sara Schnell Elenkiwich ’10, Minneapolis, MN Theresa Giennapp ’97, St. Paul, MN Derek Hanson ’94, Minnetonka, MN Cathy Villars Harms ’85, Apple Valley, MN Brenda Kardock ’90, Rochester, MN Stephanie Kendall ’76, Minneapolis, MN Peter Kitundu ’92, DesMoines, IA Damon Larson ’84, Parker, CO Jane Norman Leitzman ’69, St. Joseph, MN Virginia Kirkegaard Leppart ’76, Eden Prairie, MN Irma Marquez Trapero ’12, St. James, MN Kari Petrasek Merz ’99, Lynnwood, WA (chapter officer) Dan Michel ’90, Chicago, IL Dan Myers ’04, Minneapolis, MN Leslie Nielsen ’81, Hastings, MN Marisa Schloer Prachar ’09, Minneapolis, MN Sharon Peterson Robinson ’64, Kasota, MN Vidya Sivan ’02, Boston, MA Kristin Johns Young ’86, The Woodlands, TX


James “Moose” Malmquist ’53, Chisago City, MN Kay Rethwill Moline ’56, St. Peter, MN

CONTACT US Email us at or call

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Mark your calendars to join Gustavus for the Great Gustie Gathering of Homecoming on Saturday, September 26, featuring: ALUMNI COLLEGE Alumni College is an opportunity to hear from current and emeriti faculty/staff and distinguished alumni and have guided tours of campus. ALL GUSTIE LUNCH Enjoy lunch in the Homecoming tent next to Hollingsworth Field with your friends and family. Complimentary kettle corn and inflatables for kids of all ages will be available. GUSTIE ATHLETICS Cheer on the Gusties as the men’s & women’s soccer teams are in action against St. Thomas at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Gustavus football against Augsburg will kick off at 1 p.m. 5th QUARTER The Homecoming tent will be open to all alumni featuring a beer garden, class reunions, and live music from MVP Smash, The Rockin’ Hollywoods, and Flood Plain Four.

FALL REUNIONS The Alumni Association welcomes back the following Gusties to their class reunions: Class of 2010 Class of 2005 Classes of 2000 & 1999 Class of 1995 Class of 1990 Class of 1985 Class of 1980 Class of 1975 Visit us online for information about class-specific events and to register:







Class of 1950 Reunion

Row One: Charles Anderson, Yvonne Anderson Belin, Donna Benson Barnett. Row Two: Gloria Martell Benson, Marlys Peterson. Missing: Marie Bergstrom, Marjorie Swenson Gores, Lois Dickhart Skillrud, Harold Skillrud.

Walter Youngquist ’42, Eugene, OR, who taught for many years at the University of Oregon, has a scholarship named in his honor, the Walter Youngquist Scholarship Endowment for Geology, started by generous donations from geology department friends and alumni. The first scholarships were awarded to two undergraduate students in the spring of 2014. Dean Johnson ’50, Conyers, GA, is a retired Episcopal priest who still serves various parishes on Sundays. He and his late wife, Anna, led counseling service in psychotherapy for many years. He is also director of mental health services for three counties in Florida and helped to establish four senior centers within those counties. Dean is currently editing a book he has been working on for 50 years, titled Jesus vs. Christianity as We Know It: Jesus Deserves to Be Heard, which he hopes to publish this year. Don Nelson ’50, Goodyear, AZ, and wife, Yvette, celebrated 61 years of marriage in August 2014. Jackie Carlson ’55, Minnetonka, works part-time as a hostess in model homes. She also volunteers her time at Museum Information Services at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and the Medical Library at Minneapolis Medical Center. She plays flute in community ensembles, the Synod Senior Band, and flute ensemble. Calvin E. Vaubel ’55, Edina, volunteers with wife, Janelle, at United Methodist Committee on relief disaster in Baldwin, LA.

40s & 50s

William J. Anderson, Oakland, CA, is working in the finance department of a CPA firm after spending most of his career in the container shipping market to Asia and beyond. Dwayne P. Daehler, West Lafayette, IN, is pursuing his avocation in photography. His work is being carried in two galleries. Linda Engstrom Dahlgren, Golden Valley, enjoys golfing, bowling, and tubing with her grandchildren and husband. Her free time is spent volunteering at church, working on her genealogy, and traveling. Linda Johnson Diller, Encinitas, CA, owns Senior Move Masters, supporting older adults in decisions on whether to stay in their home or transition to other housing. Wayne H. Erickson, Carlos, works part-time for Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria, MN. Lee O. Hagglund, Spartanburg, SC, is retired from Wofford College as Professor in Mathematics Emeritus. In 2013, he also retired from directing the St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir in Spartanburg, though he still continues to sing with the Spartanburg Festival Chorus and the Spartanburg Chamber Singers. John R. Harbo, Baton Rouge, LA, has a queen bee breeding business called Harbo Bee Company, along with his wife, Carol (Brandland ’66). Susan Youngdahl Hogan, St. Louis Park, runs a seasoning business, Livia’s Seasoning Salt. Diane Wajda Johnson, Eden Prairie, is a spiritual director and healing touch specialist. Dave Jordahl, Appleton, WI, is a retired associate professor of music from the University of Wisconsin-Superior who now volunteers as a first-grade reading tutor and doing some fixit work for Rebuilding Together Fox Valley. Mary Tordsen Kitundu, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, is president of International Health Partners US and works with International Health Partners Tanzania. She has been involved in building Tanzania’s first free-standing children’s hospital in Zinga, Tanzania. Janell Taylor Kohls, Duluth, is the office coordinator at Peace United Church of Christ. Linda Richert Kruse, Portland, OR, is a hospice nurse and teacher at Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland. Susan Bergquist Lindvall, Minneapolis, is retired from Data Recognition Corporation. Ken Olson, Waukon, IA, is “mostly retired” as an urgent care physician at Mayo Health Systems in Waukon, Iowa. Linn Ostberg, Minneapolis, is retired from Atom, Inc. Janell Larson Petersen, Pewaukee, WI, sings in choirs such as Bel Canto Chorus, Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, church choirs, and Broadway Singers. Gary Rettke, Blaine, was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013 for lifetime achievement. Brian Skone, Ocala, FL, is



Elaine Ruesch Greiner, Medford,

retired from her assistant 60 WI, position at Jim Greiner Realty.

Darwin Knochenmus, Jackson, LA, is founder of and still participates in Friendship Force International, a worldwide organization with the purpose of creating friendships around the world and learning about other cultures. Lester E. Schuft, Hutchinson, has owned his own polka dance band for 62 years. He’s currently working on a new polka CD with his group, the Country Dutchman Band. He works at the radio station in Hutchinson and as a Faith Builder for many ministries. Joel Wiberg, Minneapolis, is a part-time spiritual director. Gerald D. Swanson, Kansas City, MO, continues to enjoy retirement and spending time with granddaughter Avery (8) and grandson Levi (4).


Mark E. Davis, St. Peter, is a coowner of Cambria and Sun Country Airlines. He has supported such programs as Camp Cambria, a camp for kids with juvenile arthritis, and the Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund. He has partnered with Sobriety High, a program for kids with substance-abuse issues, and an inner city project called Bolder Options.


Rudd Thabes, Walker, retired in

after 34 years of family 64 2011 practice medicine.

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Class of 1955 Reunion


Row One: Calvin Vaubel, Donna Vollan Sandelin, Jean Randin Anderson, Audrey Swenson Anderson, Marilynn Olson Lindberg, Janice Williams Johnson, Carol Roberg Lind, Marilyn Brust Johnson, Audrey Anderson Jaeger, George Torrey. Row Two: Marvin Mueller, Diana Pool Scheff, Janet Ford Schramm, Joan Bonn Wright, Eileen Ekberg Scott, Pat Johnson Hall, Jacquelynn Carlson, Cecile Hilding Swenson, Clarice “Chick” Tack Swisher, Jean Matz Carlson. Row Three: Dean Swenson, Donald “Gus” Gustafson, Charles Swenson, Dick DeRemee, Arlo Lien, Dick Williams, Vic Schlefsky, Gordon Holm, Ralph Sonday.






Class of 1960 Reunion

Row One: Nancy Anderson Wiberg, Orpah Jungclaus Johnson, Ruth Ann Shervheim Danger, Dorothy Lind Hiebert, Janice Jensen Eilers, Karen Schendel Nybo, Bob Nybo, Sue Appelquist Jorgensen, Palmer Norling. Row Two: Jerry Thrall, John H. Peterson, Beverly Lingwall Mooney, Marilyn Wiklund Anderson, Mary Jane Lageson Putz, Joanne Olson Yock, Suzanne Wasgatt Johnson, Sonja Alvheim Hirsch, Marge Day Philipson, Dennis Johnson. Row Three: Rolland Hanks, Dave Carlson, Roger Anderson, Craig Lawson, Stephen Carlson, Ruth Grandstrand Engdahl, Dan Buendorf, Terry Denley, Keith Carlson. Row Four: Dick Johnson, Nate Lundgren, Joel Wiberg, Jim Anderson, Ray Olson, Fred Hanson, Bill Shogren, Byron Helgeson, Stephen Lundgren.

retired from Custom Glass Windows, where he was owner. Gloria Johnson Spong, Chanhassen, is a preschool director at Oak Knoll Christian Preschool. James C. Uecker, Plymouth, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota State Bar Association in November 2013.





50-Year Reunion May 27–28, 2016

Donna Gabbert Beck, Greenwood, and husband Warren ’67 have been spending their winters in Tucson for the past eleven years. They have hosted the Tucson alumni gatherings for the last nine years and greatly enjoy getting acquainted with

Gusties of all ages. Donna is still showing horses and now has two grandchildren who also are showing horses. Dave L. Benson, Aitkin, volunteers actively with wife, Susan Brekke Benson. They travel, read, exercise, and are enjoying the good life living on a lake in the woods.




Class of 1965 Reunion

Row One: Dick Shager, Kay Johnson Shager, David Jordahl, Sue Widstrom Gamelin, Joyce Pick Vigness, Janell Taylor Kohls, Iris Benson Smyth, Marianne Arndt Mullen, Janet From Hanson, Marilee Nyberg Schneider, Susan Pepin Peterson, Gloria Johnson Spong, Beverly Nordskog Hedeen, Cheryl Friday. Row Two: Nancy Anderson Perrier, Mary Ellen Tordsen Kitundu, Paula Gregory Olander, Jerilyn Rodeberg Hirsch, Louise Woods Rothrock, Barb Olson Miller, Judith Nelson, Elaine Buck Stenman, Bonnie Borchert Ballard, Julie Stensland Andrews, Janell Larson Petersen, Jim Luther. Row Three: Bill Johnson, Karen Callstrom Strusz, Barb Raitz-Gaugert, Linda Richert Kruse, Pamela Johnson Livingston, Susan Youngdahl Hogan, Joan Bernard Kojis, Shannon Shawbold Foster, Ilze Berka Olson, Sandra “Sooty” Spaulding Welte, Ethel Lind Richard, Kristin Nelson Welbaum, Mary Nielsen Allan, Delight Licklider Byrd, Janet Hokanson Johnson, Joan Gremmert Segner, Larry Carpenter. Row Four: Linn Ostberg, Rose Anne Farmer Hoekstra, John Harbo, Mart Lind, John Kulander. Row Five: Ken Olson, Louise Carlson, Becky Shager Gessner, Karen Kruse Knoll, Toni Tweet, Arlyn Tolzmann, James Uecker, Luther Ludtke, Thomas O’Neill, Lee Hagglund, Carter Hedeen, Robert Ekenstedt, Allan Hoekstra, Charlie Berry. Row Six: Donald Mattson, Tim Robinson, Larry Estesen, Allan Bailey, Paul Hammar, Jack Johnson, Gary Rettke, Dwayne Daehler, Gary Banstad, David Hendrickson, Wayne Erickson, Oren Quist, Paul Nelson, Stein Mydske, Colin Kivi, Bruce Dissell, Toby Johnson, Hans Engman, Dick Lundell, David Larson, Michael Sponberg, Don Anderson.





Class of 1970 Reunion

Row One: Marcia Larson Yernberg, Linda Gilkey Lichty, James Colt, Ron Gatzlaff, Bruce Jungerberg, Nina Malo West, Jay Brown, Barbara Zakariasen Carlson, Cherie Harkenrider. Row Two: Mark Swanson, Jane Slater Drahamei, Roger Stearns, Lindy Turner Purdy, Carol Kingbay Kuhl, Andrea Holmquist Carruthers. Row Three: Paul Thompson, Steve Waldhauser, Scott Lichty, Ralph Yernberg, Linda Jungck McMahon, Patty Haugen, Mickey Knutson Asleson, Jane Erckenbrack.

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by Elizabeth Weiers ’15

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.”

Paul Tillquist ’63 When Paul Tillquist sat at graduation in 1963, he likely heard the same thing so many other Gustavus graduates are told: even though you are leaving Gustavus, your heart will always be here. For Paul, however, this statement is only partially accurate, because he never really left. In fact, over the last 56 years, Paul has been a student, professor, administrator, and mentor at the College. To honor his lifetime of dedication to Gustavus and its values, Paul was honored with the 2015 Greater Gustavus Award. Paul’s journey with Gustavus began when he enrolled in 1959, and his commitment continued immediately after graduation when he took a position in the Office of Admission. Paul did eventually leave Gustavus two years later to pursue his master’s and doctorate degrees. With these credentials, he extended his leave by accepting a position at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. Fortunately for Gustavus, Paul’s absence was not long. He was called back to the Hill as the Director of Academic Counseling, Assistant Director of Admission, and as an assistant professor in the education department. Paul’s

ALUMNI AWARD NOMINATIONS On behalf of the College, the Gustavus Alumni Association proudly honors alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, notably advanced the mission of the College, and made distinctive commitments to the service of others. Know a Gustie who you think deserves recognition? Nominate him or her by contacting the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at alumni@

Pat Kindstrom LeVesque, Northfield, continues to operate a women’s clothing store in Cannon Falls, MN. Sandy MacKenzie Madsen, Hudson, WI, started and volunteers with a gardening project at Hudson Elementary School. Students grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables, and take care of the plants, deal with compost, and harvest. Lu Peterson Weir lives in Menomonie, WI, with




responsibilities included implementing the Collegiate Fellows Program and developing the human relations course required by all students in the education program. His interest in experiential and international education also gave him the opportunity to teach numerous classes both at Gustavus and in Sweden. Over the next several decades, Paul continued to elevate the level of excellence at Gustavus. He inspired trust as he worked in several of the College’s offices with students, professors, and alumni. But Paul does not see it as anything extraordinary. To him, “Gustavus is all about relationships.” In reflection, he stated, “I am grateful for all of the Gusties who have believed in me, mentored me, stood by me, and encouraged me along the way. So many Gustavus people have shared a part of themselves with me. I hope that I have done the same along the way with the people with whom I have had the privilege of working and knowing.”

English major Elizabeth Weiers ’15 was a summer intern in the Office of Advancement.

husband Jim. They are both retired and enjoy spending time with family and grandchildren. David A. Wellington, Spring Valley, WI, is retired from his district administrator position at Spring Valley Area Schools. Wife Nancy Knox Wellington is a retired teacher from the Elmwood School system and currently volunteers as an English as a Second Language tutor. She is also her church’s chair of music commission, serves with home congregation vestry, and acts as a tour guide for City Hall and the Court House in St. Paul. Nina Malo West, Cleveland, volunteers at church, the food shelf, school screenings, and the Leo Hoffman Center Board. Jean Bjorling Young, Ghana, works with Evangelical Bible Translators and with Christian Health Service Corps. Her current project is at Saboba Medical Centre in Ghana, serving a patient population of about 90,000. She was recognized in 2009 as the Female Doctor of the Year by the Ministry of Women and Children of Ghana. Steve Waldhauser, St. Peter, retired at the end of July as director of editorial services at Gustavus Adolphus College and managing editor of the Gustavus Quarterly.


Buster West, Cleveland, is a financial adviser for Principal Financial Group.

Jon E. Larson, Oradell, NJ, and his wife, Susan, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Jon retired from a Wall Street career primarily at Lehman Bros and Trimaran Capital Partners. Susan works for Aurora, an accounting firm that serves not-for-profit organizations. Dean Wahlund, St. Peter, retired as director of communication services and special events at Gustavus Adolphus College at the end of July, after representing the College in a variety of ways over the past 43 years.


Richard P. Larson, Ortonville, is pastor at Abiding Faith Free Lutheran Church in Ortonville and Elim Free Lutheran Church in Clinton.



40-Year Reunion September 26, 2015

Linda Meeker Annesley, Ann Arbor, MI, is a retired medical technologist at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Her husband, Tom Annesley, is a retired professor of

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI pathology and clinical chemist at the University of Michigan. Debby Erickson Dodds, Portland, OR, retired in November 2014 as manager at CH2M HILL. Terry Shaw Reynolds, Pennington, NJ, retired after 40 years in the fashion world. She spent 23 years with Macy’s and most recently was the divisional vice president in planning for the North America Wholesale Division of Coach. Ron Timmerman, St. Peter, retired as associate director of advancement services at Gustavus at the end of July. Vicki L. Haugen, Boothbay, ME, is now a semi-retired registered nurse and works on call as a wound ostomy nurse. Milo Lundblad, Chicago, IL, competed in his 30th Chicago-to-Mackinac Island sailing race in July 2014.


Kathy Farm Blomquist, Owatonna, is director of hospice and home care at Northfield Hospital. Barb Lunde Kvale, Ottawa Hills, OH, is a registered nurse supervisor at Sunset Retirement Community.


Brad R. Johnson, Red Wing, retired on April 30, 2015, as director of finance, human resources, and operations for the Red Wing Public School District.



Ruth Storby Bergeron, Naperville, IL, is a research chemist for BP/ Amoco.

NEWSMAKERS Gregg “Spike” Carlsen ’75 has released his fifth book, Cabin Lessons: A Nail-by-Nail Tale: Building Our Dream Cottage from 2x4s, Blisters and Love, available from Storey Publishing. The book chronicles a two-year journey he, his wife, and their blended family of five undertook while building a cabin on Lake Superior. “It began as a how-to book on building a cabin—and wound up as a memoir that uses the building of a cabin as a way of looking at the bigger things in life,” explains Carlsen, who splits his time between Stillwater and the cabin on the North Shore. Lisa Gault ’83 was presented with the 2015 Women Celebrating Women Award at the 12th annual event held in St. Peter, MN. She was recognized for her contributions and inspiration to the St. Peter community and especially to women. Gault has worked at Nicollet County Bank of St. Peter for 30 years and has been active in community organizations such as Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chamber Public Affairs Committee, Friends of St. Peter Area Hospice Committee, St. Peter Regional Treatment Center Volunteer Council, and several other organizations over the years.

Reunion 80 35-Year September 26, 2015 Geoff Bergeron, Naperville, IL, is an IT service delivery manager for Tyson Foods. David Blagg, Omaha, NE, is a managing partner at Cassem, Tierney, Adams, Gotch & Douglas. Dianna Riedel Dahl, Woodbury, is senior principal clinical quality specialist in neuromodulation at Medtronic, Inc. Marianne Cooper Hamlin, Palmdale, CA, is owner and CEO of Cooper’s Wills Services. She is also headmaster/instructor at Cooperhamlin Preparatory Academy, a licensed real estate agent, and a private tutor. Julie C. Kalkowski, Omaha, NE, was awarded the Women’s Fund of Omaha Excellence in Service Award in October 2014. She also received Creighton University’s President’s Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award in January 2014. Joy K. Lintelman, Moorhead, is a professor and chair of the history department at Concordia College. In 2013, she received the Solon Buck Award for best article in Minnesota History. Carol Schwarz Metz, Lakeville, is a music teacher at Orchard Lake Elementary School in Lakeville.

Sisters Becky LaZerte Biedermann ’99 and Beth LaZerte Aarness ’03 are the founders and co-owners of True Dough: the Pure Pizza Dough Company. Grounded in farm-to-table ideals, True Dough uses all-natural, organic ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. Their products can be found at local food co-ops, Kowalski’s Markets, and Whole Foods across Minnesota and into Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois. Learn more at

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by Elizabeth Weiers ’15

The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes outstanding and exceptional career achievement of graduates of the College. Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. Two hundred twenty-four alumni have received this citation since its beginning in 1955. We add to that number four outstanding alumni.

Mary Ellen Tordsen Kitundu ’65 Lakefield, Minnesota, is about 90 miles from Gustavus Adolphus College, nearly 196 miles from St. Paul, and roughly 8,468 miles from Tanzania. To a young woman “from [a] reserved Norwegian background,” those distances might seem daunting, or at least a little frightening. But to Mary Ellen Tordsen Kitundu ’65, each mile was another step to unimaginable opportunities that led her back to the Hill this past spring to be recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Citation for the 50th-anniversary Class of 1965. After graduating from Gustavus with a degree in nursing, Mary Ellen continued her education in graduate school at the University of Minnesota. She later became a professor at Luther College, St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, and Winona State University. She did not plant roots in Minnesota, however. Mary Ellen, with her husband Dr. Peter Kitundu ’63, eventually left the familiar plains of the Midwest to start a life on the savannas of Tanzania. Although half a world away from Gustavus, Mary Ellen continued making the most of her education and passion. Not only did she raise three children, Peter ’92, Ancina, and Walter ’96, but she also played a large role in opening Tanzania’s first pediatric hospital. Longtime friend Sue Widstrom Gamelin ’65 cited Mary’s other incredible accomplishments, stating that in Tanzania, “Mary Ellen’s amazing ability to envision what could be, and her down-to-earth ability to make that vision real, have resulted in: the refurbishment of one hospital in north-central Tanzania, the development of another hospital on the edge of Lake Victoria, the current construction of a pediatric hospital complex in Zinga, just north of Dar es Salaam, and the establishment of a nursing school, to support those eager to staff what she continues to build.” Mary Ellen received her award notification letter by a Gustavus class of nursing and health-related students traveling in Tanzania in January 2015.

Julie Tjornhom Velasquez, St. Paul, led the mitigation of construction risk for the Minneapolis commercial office of First American Title Insurance Company. During four of those years, she also attended William Mitchell College of Law, graduating in May 2014.


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Charles E. Schultz, Minneapolis, is president and CEO of Steinhaus Design LLC.



30-Year Reunion September 26, 2015

Roz Ziwisky Deigan, Gurnee, IL, is church administrator at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Libertyville, IL. Karen L. Enstrom is an economic counselor for the U.S. Department of State overseas. Pam Conrad Greene, San Jose, CA, is a registered nurse and care manager at Familiar Surroundings Homecare. Amy L. Johnson, Mantorville,

is an analyst at Mayo Clinic. Kyle B. Olson, Brooklyn Park, is senior import analyst at Medtronic, Inc. in Minneapolis. Andrea Hasse Richert, Freeburg, IL, is currently a substitute teacher. Wendi Siebert Gustafson, Seguin, TX, completed a bachelor of music degree at Texas Lutheran University in spring 2014. Julia A. Nephew, Glen Ellyn, IL, has been an elected commissioner of the Glen Ellyn Park District since 2009. She earned a master of library science degree from Dominican University in River Forest, IL.


Thyra A. Fossum, St. Paul, is working at the University of Minnesota as a health psychologist in the Department of Medicine.


Reunion 90 25-Year September 26, 2015 Mary Allen Blomberg, Plymouth, is a clinical practice director at Park Nicollet Medical Center in Rogers. Husband Scott E. Blomberg, Plymouth, is president/ CEO of Life Health, LLC in Roseville. Scott received his MBA in entrepreneurship from University of St. Thomas in May 2014. Brian P. Hanson, Chaska, is a wealth strategist at Hanson Wealth Management in Eden Prairie. Darin Luehrs, Ann Arbor, MI, has had his photos featured and published in two books, Capture Minnesota II and Capture Minnesota III. Kim Giles Ottesen, Cumming, GA, is a children’s librarian at Forsyth County Public Library. She is also currently a student at Valdosta State University, working toward a master’s degree in library science.


Melanie Jutting Vollmer, Le Center, is vice president at Ametek.

Shannon Freer Banitt, Jupiter, FL, is an associate estate planning attorney at Doane & Doane, P.A. in North Palm Beach, Florida. Brenda Bennett Weyhrauch, DuPont, WA, teaches language arts at Steilacoom High School in Steilacoom, WA.



20-Year Reunion September 26, 2015

Jennifer Bucheck Beumer, Lakeville, is a customer lead at GE Capital Fleet Services. Brian E. Brekke, Apple Valley, is a medical device professional at Zyga Technology. Tom Jackson works in enterprise sales at Zuora in Foster City, CA. Andy McGrath, Minneapolis, is senior engineering manager at Best Buy.

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Angela K. Stene, Washington, DC, received her master’s in public policy and international affairs from Princeton University. She is a senior adviser for agriculture, nutrition, and water with Futures Group in Washington, DC.


“The Tornado Class” Jason M. Molesky, Northfield, was recently promoted to the role of executive director of technology and data services for Lakeville Area Public Schools.


Chanda Walker Hall, Oregon City, OR, is founder and CEO of, a musical theater company in Portland. Caitlin Christensen Miller, Minneapolis, is an account supervisor for Nina Hale Inc. Joanna Josephson Roberg, Fargo, ND, is a clinical pharmacist at CHI Health.


Reunion 00 15-Year September 26, 2015 Jessica Carlson Bell, Minneapolis, is a buyer at Target Corporation. Lauren A. Fleer, Philadelphia, PA, is an environmental engineer. Mercede Kortus Stricker, Eagan, is a probation officer at Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections. Jennifer Fischer McConn, Roseville, is a fourth-grade teacher at Mounds View Public Schools. Elisabeth Olson, Winnipeg, Manitoba, is an associate general counsel at Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Brian J. Smith, Oxford, UK, is associate professor and tutorial fellow at the University of Oxford. Christopher J. Strom, Washington, DC, is employed at offices of the United States Agency for International Development (US-AID). Allyson S. Therien, Aurora, CO, is a human resource generalist for the Center for Victims of Torture. Andrew Wallin, St. Paul, is a registered nurse at the University of Minnesota. LaDawn Tyrrell Delgado, Spring, TX, is an education/resource specialist III, and education coordinator for Memorial Hermann Health System, The Woodlands, TX. Arielle A. Semmel, Carbondale, IL, is pursuing a doctorate in communications. She has an assistantship at Southern Illinois University.


Jenni Lopez, Sebeka, is working as an early head start home visitor with Tri-County Community Action. Molly Brusman Moede, St. Paul, is a registered nurse and clinical manager at Allina Health. Laura Wilsey Owen, Salem, OR, is a post-doctoral researcher working on early detection of glaucoma at Devers Eye Institute.



by Elizabeth Weiers ’15

Trish Haugo Wheaton ’72 The youngest of nine children, Trish Haugo Wheaton ’72 grew up on a farm near Waubun, Minnesota. After graduating from Gustavus with a bachelor of arts in English, she went on to earn her master of arts in American studies from the University of Minnesota. After a year as an assistant in the Gustavus Admissions Office, Trish became a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya. “This is usually a big tick box on making your life count,” Trish remarked, “but it wasn’t until I reached the other side of the arch in my career, where I had a decade of expertise in marketing and communication, that I realized I had the will and calling to see if I could push the world’s largest communications organization and our clients to use our size and scale to be a force for good.” This led her to found INSPIRE, a global cross-disciplinary sustainability marketing practice dedicated to using advertising to create demand for socially conscious consumption. Trish is also currently a managing partner for Global New Business Community for Y&R Advertising. During her career, Trish has worked with global brands such as Microsoft, Dell, Ford, and IBM. Her success in the marketing industry has not gone unnoticed. Trish has received a variety of industry awards in both the United States and Canada and is a sought-after speaker who has headlined speaking engagements around the world. In 2013, she was nominated for the Marketing Hall of Femme, an elite group of women who are leading marketing today. But even with all of her awards, family has always remained on top on Trish’s priority list. “Our lives count because of who we are to our family and to our friends. There are things you can do on your own, and things you can’t. So I thank my family for making my life count in multiple ways.”

Becca Boesen Anderson, Plymouth,

administrative assistant 03 iswitha senior Ameriprise Financial, Inc.,

specifically with RiverSource Insurance Company. Anna Pouliot Geary, North Branch, is a teacher in the North Branch Area Schools. Beth Worley Huizinga, Mahtomedi, is a real estate paralegal with Wellington Management, Inc. Andy Odden, Ann Arbor, MI, was named associate chief of medicine at the Ann Arbor VA in December 2014 and continues as chief of hospital medicine. He is an assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School. Katie Schweer Weckwerth, Marshall, is documentation manager at USBank.

Donnie Berkholz, Eden Prairie, is a

director leading the 04 research Development, DevOps, and IT Ops

group at 451 Research. Anton Garten, Eagan, is a teller at Wells Fargo.

Reunion 05 10-Year September 26, 2015 Macey Furstenau Andvik, Barnesville, is property manager at Furst Stolz. Leah Erickson Christenson, Waconia, is lead enrollment counselor at Capella University. Laura Palzer Dahlstrom, Minneapolis, is a licensed therapist at the Minnesota Center for Psychology in St. Paul. Mary T. Duvall, St. Paul, is senior director of operations, external relations at Lutheran World Relief. She is also completing a master’s degree

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by Elizabeth Weiers ’15

Paul Cole ’79 When Byron Nordstrom, professor emeritus in history and Scandinavian studies, had Paul Cole ’79 in class, he thought that this student “might have a career as a Swedish-American vaudeville performer.” As it turns out, that is one of the few things Paul has not done. Since his time on the Hill, Paul has done work all over the world, including in countries such as Russia, Sweden, Namibia, South Africa, and Bosnia, as well as pursued careers in both the public and private sector. Because of his impressive and diverse portfolio, Paul has now added a Distinguished Alumni Citation to his list of achievements. Long fascinated with international relations and politics, Paul was the first Gustavus student to graduate with a major in international studies. He later earned a master of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh Graduate School of Foreign Service and his PhD from Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Throughout his extensive career, Paul has held research positions at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among others. Since entering the private sector in the early 1990s, Paul has focused his energy on bringing sustainable development models and analyses of telecommunications in developing countries. Some of his clients include the United States government, the United Nations, and the South African government, as well as various private companies. Professor Nordstrom commented that “Paul embodies many of the ideals of a liberal arts education including an unquenchable curiosity, a love of languages (he speaks five), an expansive sense of the world, a commitment to seeking the truth, a willingness to speak or write the truth, even when it might not be exactly welcome, and a lifelong immersion in what some of us like to call ‘the conversation,’ that ongoing conversation that involves books, and talking to one another, and sharing experiences with one another.” As his most recent accolade demonstrates, Paul truly has impacted that conversation.

in nonprofit management at Hamline University. Mark T. Freeman, St. Peter, is a property manager at Shelter Corporation in Golden Valley, MN. Christa Harrison Heupel, San Jose, CA, is senior studio manager for Adobe Systems. She is also a current student at West Virginia University, working toward an MS in integrated marketing communications. Kjersti A. Olson Humphrey, St. Michael, received her master’s degree in teaching and learning from Saint Mary’s University in May 2015. Brady L. Krusemark, North Mankato, is director of bands at Mankato West High School in Mankato. He is also director of the



Mankato Area 77 Lancer Marching Band. Wife Kristin Kachelmyer Krusemark, is a fifth-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Mankato. Erin L. Mattison, Chicago, IL, is currently at Chicago Public Schools. She received a master’s degree in education in Columbia, New York. Mandy Olson Petersen, Minneapolis, is a research associate at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. Dan Pitchford is an EHS specialist at GE Aviation in Cheltenham, United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Birmingham (UK) with an MSC with Merit degree in occupational safety,

health, and environment in 2013. Michael P. Rippenkroeger, Round Rock, TX, is a senior information security analyst at Lower Colorado River Authority. Will Sutor, Coon Rapids, is employed at Goldstein and Sutor, PLLC. Liz Englund Weisbrich, Moorhead, is a home health nurse case manager for Essentia Health. Linden M. Zakula, Minneapolis, is deputy chief of staff for Governor Mark Dayton. Michael D. Leopold, Pittsburgh, PA,

banker at PNC Bank 06 isanda business is studying for a master’s

degree in accountancy at the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. Kristi Forsythe Mahn, Cottage Grove, teaches social studies at White Bear Lake Area High School. Gina L. Quiram, St. Paul, is a lecturer and adviser for the Master of Biological Sciences Program at the University of Minnesota. Elsa M. Stavig, West Hollywood, CA, is a district manager for Bare Essentials Cosmetic Company. Erin M. Bettendorf, Jamaica Plain, MA, is an anesthesia resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Nick David, Mound, obtained his certificate in Pre-K–12 administration and K–12 principal licensure from the University of Minnesota. Shawnie Girtler, Denver, CO, is lead consultant and board certified behavior analyst at Colorado Autism Consultants. Lindsay Lundberg Lundberg, St. Louis Park, received her master’s degree in nursing from St. Catherine University in December 2014 and is now working as a nurse practitioner in the Twin Cities. Maren E. Magsam, Shoreview, teaches first grade in the Bloomington school district. Courtney Caswell Mirera, Grand Forks, ND, is attending nursing school at the University of North Dakota through their accelerated second bachelor’s degree program and expects to graduate in May 2016. Ingrid Vick Schwingler, Washington, DC, is the policy and regulatory coordinator for GRID Alternatives. Becca L. Thompson, North Mankato, is a counseling center therapist at the Gustavus Adolphus College Counseling Center and a licensed associate marriage and family therapist for Adult, Child, and Family Services, LLC. Maren Anderson Webb, Grand Marais, is the Moving Matters assistant coordinator and the Safe Routes to School coordinator for the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais. Landon J. Zinda, Washington, DC, is legislative counsel for Representative Tom Emmer (MN-6).


GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Chris Nippoldt, St. Paul, is an

county attorney for the 08 assistant Pine County Attorney’s Office.

Allison Haase Paul, Lake Crystal, is a third-grade teacher at Lake Crystal Elementary School. Lindsay Peak, Doha, Qatar, is MYP Humanities and DP history teacher at the International School of Belgrade. Addie Ryan moved from Bethesda, MD, to Jakarta, Indonesia, to serve as the finance and operations manager for DAI’s USAID-funded project, ASEAN-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development, and Security. Anne Ellingson Scheetz, Spring Grove, is working for Houston County Public Health. She is a certified wound ostomy nurse and care coordinator. Andrew J. Evenson, Minneapolis, is

at the accounting 09 afirmtaxofassociate Grant Thornton LLP,

focusing on international tax and transfer pricing. Ahna Gilbertson Lloyd, Big Lake, is a recreation coordinator at Presbyterian Homes and Services in Andover.


5-Year Reunion September 26, 2015

Erin M. Anderson, Des Moines, IA, is a research analyst, consumer insights, for the Meredith Corporation, and a member of the Des Moines Community Orchestra. She graduated from the University of Wyoming with a master’s degree in American studies in May 2014. Kyle D. Bachmayer, Roseville, is an application developer II at Elavon, Inc., and US Bank. Sophia J. Backman, Minneapolis, received her MBA in luxury business management from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Mara E. Berdahl, Minneapolis, is a visitor assistant at Minnesota Children’s Museum. She currently attends the University of Minnesota, working toward a BA in studio art and an MEd in art education. Cathryn Nelson Breutzmann, Lincoln, NE, is an occupational therapist for Bryan Health. Azra Halilovic, Chicago, IL, is the policy coordinator at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities and was recently appointed communications director of Traffick Free. Alex Lair, Minneapolis, is a financial adviser at Ameriprise Financial. He received an MBA from Augsburg College. Michelle K. Marien, St. Louis Park, is employed full-time at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. LeeAnna J. Pekel, Wayland, MI, is an elementary teacher at the Karachi American School. She received her master’s in education at the University of New England in December 2014. Lisa F. Rivers, Waseca, is a registered nurse at


by Elizabeth Weiers ’15

Mary Ann Kristiansen ’85 Although Mary Ann Kristiansen ’85 noted that “it feels like cheating to be recognized for doing work that already offers such a tremendous reward in and of itself,” there is no doubt that the work she is doing is worthy of reward. Her entrepreneurship, dedication, and leadership not only created a successful business, but also, as classmate Paige Beutelspacher ’85 said, began promoting the importance of buying local “before it became popular.” For her efforts, Mary Ann has been recognized with a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Citation. Mary Ann graduated from Gustavus with a major in communications and later earned her master of public administration degree from New York University. While in New York, she gained valuable experience at J. Walter Thompson Advertising and Merrill Lynch. It was when she moved to New Hampshire, though, that she found her true calling. Nearly 20 years ago, Mary Ann founded the Hannah Grimes Marketplace, a store that Paige commended as being “for local products and to help the people who make those products build sustainable and successful businesses.” Today, Mary Ann is executive director of the Hannah Grimes Center, whose mission is “to educate, support and assist in the successful development of entrepreneurs and community builders throughout the Monadnock (NH) region.” The mission is definitely a lofty one, but it is one that fits well with Mary Ann. “What I love most about my work is that every day, all day, I am surrounded by people with an incredible entrepreneurial spirit who show that, while it is not easy, it is quite possible to make significant change in the world through incremental, everyday action.”

the Cardiac Cath Lab at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato. Abby Smith, Eagan, is a toddler teacher at Bright Horizons and a massage therapist at Keep in Touch Massage. Abby L. Travis, Minneapolis, is engagement coordinator at Milkweed Editions. Chris Pugh, Bellevue, NE, is a firefighter for the Lincoln, NE, fire department. Wife Paige Hays Pugh, is an RN-clinical coordinator for CHI Health Alegent Creighton Clinics. Matt Thon, Faribault, has one more year of law school education at the University of St. Thomas. Cory A. Weller, White Bear Lake, is in his second year of graduate school, pursuing a PhD with the Biology Department at the University of Virginia. He recently published his first paper in the journal Evolution in the


field of bioinformatics. He was also awarded a fellowship through the ARCS scholar foundation, for which he will present his research at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, later this year. Nick Atkins, Edina, is a T-6 instructor pilot for the USAF. Brit Barkholtz, St. Paul, is director of music ministry at Living Waters Lutheran Church. Ethan S. Bjelland, Minneapolis, currently has employment in “pop sales and theater.” Hannah K. Fischer, Omaha, NE, graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University School of Law in May. After passing the bar exam, she will begin working as an associate at Baird Holm, LLP, in Omaha, NE. Alex Flasch, Minneapolis, is a retail sales specialist for REI and a


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by Elizabeth Weiers ’15

First presented in 1968, the First Decade Award was established to recognize one male and one female for early professional achievement by graduates of the 10th anniversary class. Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs. At the Alumni Banquet on May 30, the Gustavus Alumni Association honored the following young alumni.

Kelly Cooper Younge ’05

Bros., Disney, and Newsweek, among others, Paul does When Kelly Cooper Younge more than compose ’05 looks back on her fondest music. As Gustavus memories at Gustavus, she music professor Rick remembers playing hand bells Orpen notes, Paul in Christmas in Christ Chapel, “explores a world of watching meteor showers from soundscapes . . . [his] the roof of Olin, and setting world of composer “things on fire and [blowing] and sound designer things up for local students at is a creative and Science Saturday.” She also inspirational world of spent an incredible amount of First Decade Award winners Kelly Cooper Younge ’05, Paul Fraser sound and music from time in Olin, taking classes and ’05, and Emily King Meserve ’04. acoustic to electronic, conducting research. And while orchestral, chamber, her résumé during her time at choral, pop, experimental.” And Paul uses his background in Gustavus is impressive, it is what she has done since graduation computer science to piece it all together. that has earned her the 2015 First Decade Award. Currently a clinical assistant professor in the department As Paul continues his path from Gustavus, he looks back at his of radiation oncology at University of Michigan Hospital and time on the Hill. “Ten years later, I’m still applying the experiences Health Systems, Kelly is also a faculty member on the residency of my liberal arts education that I received at Gustavus to my committee at the University of Michigan and an acting member career and everyday life. I still have so much more work to do, of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine and the but Gustavus laid the foundation for me, and I’m so grateful.” Radiation Research Society. Over the last ten years, Kelly has continued to publish and peer-review research, as well as speak Emily King Meserve ’04 at seminars in the United States and Canada. Her research has earned her awards and scholarships from the National Science Note: Emily, the 2014 First Decade Awardee, was unable to attend Foundation, the American Society for Engineering Education, last year’s banquet. She was present this year to receive her award. and the University of Michigan. For Kelly, though, “It seems like just yesterday I was working Emily King Meserve ’04 has a mission, as Gustavus Associate in the basement of Olin doing optics research.” It was this very Professor of Anthropology Patric Giesler stated, “. . . to not research that inspired her to earn her PhD in atomic physics only help others, here, through her medical practice and and then complete a medical physics residency. “It’s the unique research, but, specifically, to help those individuals in the very atmosphere of Gustavus that allowed me to make so many disadvantaged areas of the world with very limited medical lasting friendships with my classmates and many professors, resources and whole other systems of understanding health and who I still keep in touch with and who have guided me along disease.” Throughout her time at Gustavus and graduate school, the way at each step of my career.” Emily split her time between studying medicine and learning about different cultures. Her passions have allowed her to travel Paul Fraser ’05 with medical professionals to various countries, administering treatment for people who otherwise have little access to the Writing computer code and music compositions may not seem health care they need. to go hand-in-hand, but for 2015 First Decade Awardee Paul Emily has done medical work in the Caribbean and Ukraine, Fraser ’05, the two are an obvious match. While he spent his as well as conducted research, including one study in Oregon days learning about deterministic finite automation and objecton traditional Vietnamese treatment and perceptions of oriented programming in Olin Hall, Paul’s nights were filled Western medicine and another study in Minnesota on Hmong with improvising piano music in Christ Chapel and performing views of health, traditional medicine, and Western treatment. music with his funk band Organ Donors on and off campus. Besides being a pathologist at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Eventually obtaining a double major in music and computer Boston, she is also a resident volunteer pathologist for Partners science, Paul took his love for music and technology to the in Health, which works interactively in Haiti and Rwanda. California Institute of Arts where he completed a master of fine While her mission is full of challenges and setbacks, Emily arts degree. has nevertheless impacted her field, helping others through Although he no longer spends his nights filling the Gustavus her medical research and practice. Her unwavering efforts to campus with music, Paul has made a successful career in complete her mission are in large part why she received the music and post-production sound in the entertainment and 2014 First Decade Award. advertising industries. Creating pieces for Nickelodeon, Warner




Sam Breneman, Minneapolis, is a behavior therapist at Minnesota Autism Center. Michael P. Movall, Minnetonka, is an account executive at SPS Commerce. Sarah J. Strand moved to Uptown Minneapolis in October 2014 and works as a registered nurse on cardiac telemetry at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.


Renee C. Hoppe, Wyoming, is the social media manager for Soul Flower Clothing, an instructor at Nordeast Yoga, and a sponsored amateur cyclist for Minnesota’s premier women’sonly cycling team, Koochella p/b Sunrise Cyclery. Rose E. Ludescher, Edina, is manager of customer satisfaction at Neuromics. Kristine E. McLean, Eagan, just finished her first year at William Mitchell Law School. Bethany J. Schulz, St. Paul, just completed her first year of graduate work in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas. In addition to her current graduate assistantship at UST, she will be interning with the Campus Activities Office at Gustavus. Eric S. Talus, Plymouth, is currently attending school at Marquette School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, WI. Josh Timmerman, Savage, is a fourth-grade teacher in the Hopkins school district.


Kailee E. Carlson is a registered nurse at Manoa Senior Care in Honolulu, HI. Tana K. Larsen, Rice, is a talent acquisition specialist at Kforce in Bloomington.



Kathy Rausch ’89 and Beth Ross, 10/6/14, River Falls, WI. Chris G. Choukalas ’97 and Lindsey Cimino, 2/14/15, San Francisco, CA. Laura Owen ’02 and Robert Wilsey, 3/14/15, Salem, OR. Julie Langenfeld ’03 and Aaron VanLangen, 9/27/14, Waseca, MN. Anton Garte ’04 and Jennell Ulrich, 6/13/15, Eagan, MN.

NEWSMAKERS Photo courtesy Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota

production assistant for Ron Schara Productions. Mike Jirik, Lonsdale, graduated this spring with an MA degree from the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was also accepted into the PhD program at UMass and will continue his studies this fall. Katie Schroeder, Dillon, CO, has been living in Keystone, CO, for six months, living out her dream as a seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher at Summit Middle School in Frisco. She enjoys skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and biking.

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota named Shawna MullenEardley ’08 the “Bicycle Friendly Business Champion of the Year” at its annual meeting in May. Shawna is active transportation coordinator with Healthy Duluth Area Coalition and the Duluth Area Family YMCA. In her role, she helps local businesses improve their bike-friendliness. At the same annual meeting where she received her award, Shawna was part of a panel with fellow Gustie Maren Anderson Webb ’07, the Moving Matters assistant coordinator and the Safe Routes to School coordinator for the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic in Grand Marais, MN. Erik Bryz-Gornia ’13 participated in a medical mission trip in August 2014, where he and a team of health care professionals associated with non-profit Solid Rock International planned and implemented a 7-week program to improve pre-hospital training for ambulance workers, which will better the health of those in the San Juan region. Erik (left in photo) is completing his master of public health degree with a concentration in Global Environmental Health while assisting with the inaugural Paramedic Education Program in the western region of the Dominican Republic during the summer of 2015. In May 2014, Gary Rettke ’65 was inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. At Gustavus, Rettke served as wrestling team captain and helped the Gusties capture an MIAC championship. He was a conference champion in 1963 and 1964, as well as an NCAA College Division qualifier. Following graduation, Rettke spent 35 years teaching and coaching at Spring Lake Park High School. Gustavus maintained a wrestling program until 1989.

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NEWSMAKERS DEPARTMENT OF NURSING DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD Dr. Irene Pearson Nielsen ’61, PsyD, CNM, of Lindsborg, KS, was awarded the Nursing Department’s Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015. The award honors Dr. Nielsen’s work in nursing and nurse midwifery. Her pioneering work with three other nurse midwives from 1976 to 1986 established and modeled the safety and efficacy of out-of-hospital and in-hospital birth centers, which gave rise to the modified birth centers now seen in many U.S. hospitals today. After receiving a BSN from Gustavus, Nielsen earned an MSN in maternal/ newborn nursing from the University of Utah along with a Certificate of nurse midwifery. She recently completed her doctoral work in psychology, specializing in health and wellness with a special interest in optimal aging. She is currently teaching psychology part-time online at Ashford University.

NEWSMAKERS January Interim travelers meet Tanzanian alum

Gustavus students in the Department of Nursing’s Tanzania January travel course arrived at the Uhuru Lutheran Hostel in Moshi, Tanzania, just as the induction ceremony of a new bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania was concluding. Hundreds of people had come from all over Tanzania and various other parts of the world for this event. Out of the masses, a little lady came forward and asked one of the Gustavus group, with perfect English, where they were from. When she heard, “Minnesota in the United States,” she lit up, “Oh! I know Minnesota! I went to school there!” The nursing students soon learned that Ruth Mshagulma Shekalaghe had graduated from Gustavus in 1962. She hugged every student and held as many hands as she could, so happy to see Gustavus students. She invited the whole group of 20 to her house for tea, where they exchanged Gustavus student stories, sang a few songs with her, and closed with the “Gustie Rouser,” which was new to her.



Erin Ropes ’04 and Brian Mechell, 9/26/14, Minneapolis, MN. Kjersti A. Olson ’05 and Peter Humphrey, 9/26/14, St. Michael, MN. Dan Pitchford ’05 and Evette Pitchford, Huntsville, TX. Sally Petersen ’07 and Keith Dietzenbach, 6/28/14, Minneapolis, MN. Sarah Hudson ’07 and Justin RobinsonHudson, 10/4/14, Apple Valley, MN. Mike DesLauriers ’09 and Meghan Lind, 4/30/14, St. Louis Park, MN. Stephen Grimsby ’10 and Jeremy Solie, 8/1/14, St. Louis Park, MN. Pang Xiong ’11 and Erik A. Swanson ’11, 11/8/14, Anoka, MN.


Viggo, to Kendall Larson ’94 and Gabriel Dybing, 11/1/14. Elias, to Lance G. Hampton ’96 and Pollyanna E. Hampton, 2/18/15. Solveig, to Dan Larter ’96 and Amaris Vargas Larter, 5/25/14. Owen, to Sara Mattson Mayfield ’96 and Shawn C. Mayfield ’96, 12/4/14. Nora, to Becky Johnson Olson ’97 and Michael Olson, 10/30/14. Gavin, to Marty L. Anderson ’98 and Stacy Anderson, 1/26/15. Cecilia, to Caitlin Christensen Miller ’99 and Nick Miller, 3/25/14. Samuel, to Joel C. Stoltenow ’99 and Lindsay Freed Stoltenow, 1/2/15. Caroline, to Jessica Carlson Bell ’00 and Adam R. Bell ’01, 1/18/15. Steele, to Mercede Kortus Stricker ’00 and Alexander Stricker, 1/19/15. Soren, to Annalisa Eckman Rudser ’02 and Kyle Rudser, 5/10/14. Bennett, to Dena Kill Edmiston ’02 and Christian Edmiston, 2/24/15. Dylan, to Erin Jorgenson Fleischman ’02 and Paul Fleischman, 10/3/14. Ada, to Molly Brusman Moede ’02 and Christopher Moede, 12/6/14. Molly, to Julia Mahin Stuart ’02 and Brian Stuart, 2/21/15. Leo, to Becca Boesen Anderson ’03 and Thomas Anderson, 4/15/15. Jack, to Meghan Severson Johnson ’03 and Joseph L. Johnson ’03, 10/7/14. Annabelle, to Mike Ryan ’03 and Tricia Czerniak Ryan, 2/10/15. Paige, to Ellen B. Andersen ’04 and Craig N. Horak ’03, 2/12/15. Charles, to Julia R. Gleeman ’04 and Daniel Hunter, 3/13/15. Greta, to Emily Larson Graham ’04 and Andrew Graham, 4/17/14. Scarlett, to Bethany Carlson Zimmerman ’04 and Jeremy Zimmerman, 10/28/14. Maxwell, to Annie Kruse Ericson ’05 and Mark Ericson, 5/22/14.

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Anna, to Kristin Kachelmyer Krusemark ’05 and Brady L. Krusemark ’05, 8/26/14. Samantha, to Mandy Olson Petersen ’05 and Reed R. Petersen ’05, 2/4/15. Alexis, to Dan Pitchford ’05 and Evette Pitchford, 12/22/14. Cora, to Angie Rolle Thompson ’05 and Scott Thompson, 2/21/15. Henry, to Carrie Joines Jenkins ’06 and Philip Jenkins, 3/6/15. Persephone, to Gina L. Quiram ’06 and Lukas Johnson, 8/22/14. Grace, to Emily Gunderson Badenschier ’07 and Nathan Badenschier, 2/12/15. Greysen, to Danielle Anderson Schmidgall ’07 and Alan Schmidgall, 5/27/14. Lila, to Andrea Astrup Becker ’08 and Jeremiah S. Becker ’07, 2/16/15. Harper, to Lisa Johnson Sansgaard ’08 and Jeffrey Sansgaard, 3/30/15. Leo, to Laura Lundorff Eich ’09 and Paul Eich, 6/12/14. Jack, to Ahna Gilbertson Lloyd ’09 and Scott Lloyd, 5/21/15. Lydia, to Kelsey Jentink Schmidt ’10 and Robert T. Schmidt ’09, 2/6/14. Kailee, to Kiera Braun Bridley ’11 and Tyler J. Bridley ’14, 4/2/15.

HONORARY GUSTIES Established in 2012, the Honorary Gustie recognition pays special tribute to individuals who, while not having graduated from or attended Gustavus, have earned the conferred right to be considered bona fide “Gusties” due to their dedicated service to, interest in, and enthusiastic support for the College. At the Alumni Banquet on May 30, the Gustavus Alumni Association bestowed the mantle of “Honorary Gustie” to the following friends.


Kathleen Zimmerman Voss ’39, St. Peter, MN, on April 30, 2015. A former high school teacher and active volunteer, she is survived by one son. Lucille Westerdahl Holcomb Hope ’41, Bellevue, WA, on May 3, 2015. A wife and mother, she is survived by two daughters. Donna Nelson Jacobson ’44, Brainerd, MN, on May 13, 2015. A former high school teacher, she is survived by five children. Marjorie Lokensgard Larson ’44, St. Peter, MN, on February 21, 2015. A wife, mother, and former class agent, she is survived by her four children including Sandra Thielen ’65, Brenda Reinholtz ’69, and Jane Herrera ’78. E. Joanne Mortensen Peterson ’44, Minneapolis, MN, on March 24, 2015. A wife, mother, and former class agent, she is survived by three children, Drew ’68, Miriam Lewell ’76, and Rick ’76, and a brother, James ’49. Marjorie Borgstrom Murray ’45, St. Paul, on April 20, 2015. A former special education teacher, she is survived by her three children. Clara P. Rottmann ’47, Lincoln, NE, on May 5, 2015. A former teacher and director of library services for the Lincoln Public Schools, she is survived by a sister and two brothers.

Ken Westphal (front left) has served Gustavus as vice president for finance for 27 years. His high level of integrity, humanity, and professionalism make him a highly respected member of the College community. Ken also received an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters during commencement this year. Philly Kauffmann (front right) is familiar to most alumni because you can’t be a Gustie and not have emailed, called, or connected with her in the Alumni Office at some point. As an administrative assistant in the Alumni and Parent Engagement office, her 35 years of service and unwavering dedication to the College and its alumni speak for themselves. Mary Ellen and George Malkasian (back) are dedicated grandparents, education advocates, and philanthropists. The Malkasians became part of the Gustavus community when daughter Martha joined the class of ’83. Their engagement with the College has continued to blossom: they are proud grandparents of Gustavus graduates Colin ’09 and Karl Boettcher ’11. George and Mary Ellen are steadfast supporters of Gustavus both with their time and their philanthropy.

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GUSTAVUS SERVICE AND RETIREMENT RECOGNITION The Gustavus Alumni Association honored faculty and administrators for their service to the College at a banquet in May. The association recognized retirees and those celebrating milestone anniversaries. 30 YEARS OF SERVICE From left: Randall Stuckey ’83, director of athletic development and engagement; Brian O’Brien, professor of chemistry; Charles Niederriter, professor of physics. Not pictured: Richard Aune ’81, associate vice president and senior associate director of admission.

35 YEARS OF SERVICE From left: Bob Neuman ’80, senior associate dean of admission; Ron Timmerman ’75, associate director of advancement services.

40 YEARS OF SERVICE James McGuire, adjunct professor of music, marked his four decades of service with President Becky Bergman during a special ceremony in Christ Chapel.

RETIREES Seated, from left: Deborah Downs-Miers, associate professor in English; Carolyn Dobler, professor of mathematics and computer science; Mary Solberg, associate professor of religion; Elizabeth Baer, professor of English; Barbara Kaiser, professor of mathematics and computer science; and Linnea Wren, professor of art and art history. Standing: Bob Weisenfeld, director of government grants and sponsored programs; Jeffrey Rosoff, professor of mathematics and computer science; Kirk Beyer, director of human resources; Steve Waldhauser ’70, director of editorial services; Ron Timmerman ’75, associate director of advancement services; Dean Wahlund ’72, director of communication services and special events; and Bruce Johnson, professor of economics and management. Not pictured: Lynn Burg, library cataloging coordinator; Deane Curtin, professor of philosophy and environmental studies; Darlene Dillavou, financial aid counselor; Donna Loken, student loan accounts coordinator; Carolyn O’Grady, director of international and cultural education; and Linda Shaw, assistant director of international education and January interim off-campus programs coordinator.



Marian Erickson Johnson ’49, Red Wing, MN, on May 14, 2015. A former surgical nurse, she is survived by a son. Duane “Dewey” Carlson ’50, Springfield, VA, on May 17, 2015. A World War II veteran, he became a Lutheran pastor and was assigned to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Springfield, which grew to be the largest congregation in the state. He is survived by his wife, Alice (Milton ’50), and three children. Norman E. Jensen ’50, Sherburn, MN, on April 26, 2015. A Navy veteran, he became a teacher and a farmer. He is survived by his wife, Constance, three children, including Becky Detert ’72, and a sister, Genevieve Deggendorf ’43. Geraldine Johnson Reimer ’51, Hugo, MN, on February 2, 2015. An accomplished artist, she is survived by two sons. Ramona Lovold Hawkinson ’57, East Bethel, MN, on April 17, 2015. The former owner of Alistair Kennels, she is survived by two children, a brother, Dean ’55, and a sister, Janet Hersch ’53. Kenneth J. Emerton ’60, North Branch, MN, on April 13, 2015. Retired as senior general mechanic of the locksmith department at the University of Minnesota, he is survived by three children. Marjorie Lind Halvorson ’60, Minnetonka, MN, on April 21, 2015. A longtime elementary school teacher, she is survived by three children, including Tedd ’85, and a brother, Mark ’67. David R. Swanson ’60, Richfield, MN, on May 12, 2015. Retired from the University of Minnesota, he is survived by his wife, Marion (Peterson ’62), and two sons. E. Terry Skone ’62, Bay Lake, MN, on May 31, 2015. He was the owner/director of the First National Bank of Deerwood and the founder of the Citizens Community Bank and Marco Community Bank, both in Marco Island, FL. He is survived by two children and two siblings including J. Brian ’65. Kermit R. Swanson ’62, St. Peter, MN, on April 2, 2015. A longtime editor/ publisher of the Clara City Herald, he also served as a Gustavus class officer. Kermit is survived by his wife, Janet (Swanson ’62), two children, including Ric ’90, and a sister, Lois Johnson ’60. Joan Borgfelt Belan ’65, Ashland, WI, on April 24, 2015. The former teacher and theater director is survived by her husband and three children. Nancy Carlson Shelton ’70, Minneapolis, MN, on May 14, 2015. A longtime registered nurse for Health Partners, she is survived by her husband, Blake ’69, and two children.

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Scott R. Moesle ’74, Minneapolis, MN, on May 1, 2015. A retired, longtime employee of The Travelers, he is survived by his wife, Bobbie. Becky Hovde-Baker ’76, LaQuinta, CA, on May 23, 2015. She was a high school math teacher and track coach. Becky is survived by her husband, Harry, and her mother, Betty Hovde H’43. Mark M. Weaver ’79, Phoenix, AZ, on March 11, 2015. He was a former sales representative for Scott Paper Company and is survived by a daughter, his father, and a sister, Susan Halverson ’82. Jeffery C. Anderson ’80, Webster, WI, on May 18, 2015. He worked as a territory manager with Sudenga Industries and is survived by his three children and two siblings, G. Barry ’76 and Mona Gerike ’82. Scott Carlquist ’82, Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, 2015. He had a long career in management in the printing industry. Scott is survived by his wife, Monica, and a daughter. Wilson Acheampong ’84, East Hartford, CT, on April 1, 2015. He worked for the State of Connecticut and operated his own tax preparation business. He is survived by his two children, two brothers, and two sisters. Teri Moody Stark ’84, Minnetonka, on May 24, 2015. She had a long career with Mr. Movies and is survived by her husband, John, and two children. Wesley D. Schuck ’97, Mankato, MN, on May 4, 2015. A creative entrepreneur, he founded Two Fish Studios, Aquarium Records, No Alternative Media Group, Moving Records, and STATIC magazine. He is survived by his wife, Kristi (Berg ’95), three daughters, his father, and his mother, Mary Jane (Hansen ’71) Schuck. Daniel A. Ferber, xAdmin, Apple Valley, MN, on June 7, 2015. His 25-year career in higher education administration included senior administrative posts at several colleges and universities, culminating as vice president for academic affairs at Gustavus. He subsequently authored legislation for the Lifelong Learning Initiative in Minnesota, which was later adopted at the national level. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Anne, a son, and a grandson. Erling Olofsson, xFaculty, Gothenburg, Sweden, on April 21, 2015. He conducted the Gustavus Orchestra during the 1982– 83 school year as a leave replacement. In addition to his work as a teacher and conductor, he was very popular with students, the faculty, and the St. Peter community.

NEWSMAKERS Gustavus brothers to be remembered on St. Peter Veterans Memorial for service in World War II The four Rippel brothers from Trimont, MN, who all attended Gustavus in the 1940s and served in WWII, will be among those remembered on the proposed Saint Peter Area Veterans Memorial, to be sited at the northeast corner of the city’s Minnesota Square Park. The memorial is a project of the Saint Peter Area Veterans Memorial Association to recognize military veterans from the St. Peter area. It includes as well those veterans who attended Gustavus before or after their service—or who had their college years interrupted by their active duty. The Rippel brothers—P. Robert ’42, ensign, USN; Duane ’41, staff sergeant, USMC; James ’47, seaman first class, USN; and Glenn ’50, first lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps—were assigned to duty in the Pacific theater except for Jim, who served stateside. All four brothers were strong believers in education, and each chose to complete his degree at Gustavus. Three of the brothers became Minnesota public school teachers in the years after their discharge. They also established a Gustavus legacy; among their offspring who followed them to Gustavus are Glenn’s daughter Nancy Rippel Miller ’70 and grandchildren Anne Miller ’90 and Michael Glenn Waldhauser ’97, Jim’s granddaughter Megan McCready ’02, and the brothers’ grandniece Danielle Abel Olson ’06. Family members of Gustavus veterans who wish to remember them on the memorial can visit online or write to Veterans Memorial, Box 292, St. Peter, MN 56082.

Ruth Alkema Reister, xTrustee, Minneapolis, MN, on May 18, 2015. She was an employee of Northwestern National Bank, Minneapolis, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and served two years as the deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ruth worked most of her career as a financial executive on the board of Herman Miller, as well as positions on many other boards and councils. She was a member of the Gustavus Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2003, and chaired the board in 2000– 2003. She is survived by two brothers. Marvin Wipf, xStaff, Mankato, MN, on June 1, 2015. A WWII and Korean War veteran, he was the longtime maintenance engineer at the Gustavus library. He is survived by two children and a sister.

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s On May 2, Jeanne Hanson Peter ’51

(front) traveled from Cloquet to St. Peter for Honors Day, where her granddaughter, Alina Peter ’15, was recognized. While there she also met up with her classmate, Dorothy Johnson Lutz ’51 and enjoyed a chance to visit and reminisce.

s Fellow Gustie Phi Alphs gathered to honor the induction of Walt Awada ’68 into the Humboldt High School Athletics Hall of Fame. Pictured with Walt (front center) are (from left) Jay Fogelberg ’67, Dave Showalter ’69, Alan Dale ’67, Rube Kompelien ’68, Rick Rosen ’68, Bob Appleton ’67, John Ahlstrom ’68, Bobby Wright ’69, Dana Marcelius ’68, Stan Amidon ’69, Bruce Olson ’69, and Maury Miller ’67. Awada, Amidon, and Showalter were also Gustavus hockey players for Coach Don Roberts’s championship teams.


Hugo Meyer ’96, Jason Kivo ’95, and Mark Benson ’95 finished the 2014 Tough Mudder Colorado challenge in September 2014. The 12-mile obstacle course was held at Snowmass Village, 6,800 feet above sea level.



s Alumni sported Gustie gear at Apple Valley High School to celebrate ISD 196 College Fair Day in March. Front row, from left: Kristin Ganyo Larson ’97, Claire Opsahl ’10, Susi LeMay Yermishkin ’89. Back row: Krista Larson Pawlicki ’99, Steve Degenaar ’78, Michael Bolsoni ’94, Laura Norman Moy ’96, and Dan Peterson ’94. Not pictured: Kim Angell Woods ’90.



Four Gustavus alumnae who now all work at the same middle school returned to campus with a group of their students in April. Kelly Etzel Barnholdt ’03, Allison Berry Stapley ’99, Cassandra Quam ’13, and Annika Torkelson ’08, staff members at Laura Jeffrey Academy, a girl-focused public charter school in St. Paul, brought some young scholars on a campus visit to provide college awareness and introduce students to their alma mater.


While in Nashville recently, Lynnea Piotter Myers ’05 (fourth from left) and Nicole Briggs Beckmann ’05 (far left), both PhD students at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, ran into Josh Carlson ’05 (fourth from right) filming a music video with the Jacob Martin Band. Pictured with the Gusties are several of Lynnea and Nicole’s classmates.

Gusties Gather at Commencement Three generations of Gusties gathered at graduation in May (from left): Sandy Nuebel Eddy ’79, Michael Eddy ’80, Sharon Johnson Eddy ’57, Ben Halvorson ’15, Susie Eddy Halvorson ’85, and Gus the Lion (no relation). s

s Aimee Cichon ’15 celebrated her graduation in May with her grandfather, Mart Lind ’65, who marked his 50-year class reunion the same weekend.

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s President Becky Bergman and Vice President of Advancement Thomas Young ’88 enjoyed a beachside conversation with Gusties on a beautiful California day last January. Pictured from left are Gail Matthius Wirth ’75, Cheryl Downey ’66, Gustavus English Professor Emeritus Larry Owen, Young, and Bergman.

s Scott Dalchow ’91 and Jeff Barnes ’89 were back working together after 25 years as athletic trainers, meeting at a rugby tournament in Greenville, WI, in May. Both own their own athletic training businesses.


Ten years and six kids later, Gustie ’05 roommates Katie MacQueen Rogstad, Stephanie Handahl Benson, Kelly Biondich Small, Alysen Farran Pratt, Kelly Keith, and Angie Rolle Thompson reconnected in March.

2016 GSO COMPANION TOUR: GREECE AND TURKEY Travel with the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra on a tour of Greece and Turkey, January 20–February 1, 2016. This companion tour is designed for alumni, parents, and friends of Gustavus to visit significant sites in Greece and Turkey, while having the opportunity to hear outstanding music performed by the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra. This 13-night/15-day tour of will include Athens, Thessaloniki, Canakkale, Izmir, Ankara, Bursa, and Istanbul. For more information on the tour, contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6193.



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CHRISTMAS IN CHRIST CHAPEL 2015 Shalom, Salaam Bethlehem December 4, 5, & 6, 2015 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Christ Chapel Every year, thousands of people from around the world make the pilgrimage to Palestine to celebrate Christmas in the town of Bethlehem. Processions, lights, and music fill Manger Square, the city streets, and the churches. This year, Christmas in Christ Chapel will take you on a journey, joining the global travelers and the residents of Bethlehem, Palestine, to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and to give voice to our shared hope for shalom, salaam, peace in this world. Tickets for the Christmas in Christ Chapel service ($30) and for the traditional Christmas Buffet ($25) will be available online at gustavustickets. com. Tickets go on sale starting at noon on Monday, October 12, 2015. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may reserve tickets by phone (507-933-7520). Credit card payment is required for phone orders. Tickets are non-refundable. More than 1,100 attend each of the five services at Christ Chapel, and last year, for the first time, 7,500 people viewed the worship service via livestream. Due to the success of the last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s livestream, we will again offer a livestream viewing option for the Saturday evening worship service. Please be aware that cameras and booms will be in use during the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon services to prepare for Saturday eveningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s livestream.


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