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Professor Kathy Lund Dean

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What makes a leader . . . a leader?

spring 2013



the gustavus quarterly Spring 2013 Vol. LXIX. No. 2

in this issue 4 FROM THE EDITOR 5 ON THE HILL

 Summer sports & academic camp dates n Support staff service honored n Kendall biography n Founders Day awards n Study tours announced n Large watercolors featured at Hillstrom Museum n CICE International Photo Contest n Calendar


16 feature

What makes a leader . . . a leader?

20 sports

 Fall sports summary n Coach Koehler recognized

23 legacy

 Angie & Blanche Pergol’s scholarship gift n Technology endowment


25 Alumni News

 2013 Alumni Association awards announced n Class Notes n Gustie Profile n Weddings n Births n In Memoriam



What makes a leader . . . a leader?




ON THE COVER Kathy Lund Dean, Ph.D., Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair of Leadership and Ethics Photo by Stan Waldhauser ’71



Managing Editor Steven L. Waldhauser ’70 | Alumni Editors Randall M. Stuckey ’83 | Erin Holloway Wilken ’02 | Design Anna Deike | Contributing Writers Ethan Armstrong ’09; Kathy Lund Dean; Naomi Mortensen; Matt Thomas ’00; Paul Tidemann ’60; Joe Tougas Contributing Photographers Brian Fowler (SportPiX); Tim Kennedy ’82; Nick Theisen ’15; Matt Thomas ’00; Stan Waldhauser ’71

Ann Martin, Town Square, 2005, watercolor on rag, 22-7/16 x 30-15/16 inches.


Articles and opinions presented in this magazine do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors or official policies of the College or its board of trustees. The Gustavus Quarterly is printed on Domtar Earthchoice paper (30% PCR and sustainable source certified by SmartWood) using soy-based inks and alternative solvents and wetting agents, by the John Roberts Company, Minneapolis, an EPA Green Power Partner. The Gustavus Quarterly (USPS 227-580) is published four times annually, in February, May, August, and November, by Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. Periodicals postage is paid at St. Peter, MN 56082, and additional mailing offices. It is mailed free of charge to alumni and friends of the College. Circulation is approximately 41,000. Postmaster: Send address changes to The Gustavus Quarterly, Office of Alumni Relations, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082-1498.




St. Peter, MN 56082 507-933-8000 | Chair, Board of Trustees Mark Bernhardson ’71 President of the College Jack R. Ohle Vice President for Marketing and Communication Tim Kennedy ’82 Vice President for Institutional Advancement Thomas Young ’88 Director of Alumni Relations Randall M. Stuckey ’83 Gustavus Adolphus College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.




Gustavus Adolphus College Board of Trustees The Rev. Jon V. Anderson, M.Div., New Ulm, Minn. (ex officio) Bishop, Southwestern Minnesota Synod, ELCA, Redwood Falls

On character and leadership In September 2010, six members of Gustavus Adolphus College’s Board of Trustees anonymously pledged $5 million to establish two endowed faculty positions in the Department of Economics and Management: one a Chair in Management and Leadership to be assigned to a current faculty member; the other a Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics to be awarded to an outstanding candidate following a national search. In this issue of the Quarterly we introduce to the greater Gustavus community Kathy Lund Dean, Ph.D., formerly of Idaho State University, who was named in March of 2012 to hold the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics and started at the College July 1. Lund Dean is an internationally respected academician, coach, consultant, and mentor who is active on the research and governance side of the Academy of Management, the premier professional association in management, and currently serves on the Academy’s Ethics Education Committee. While Professor Lund Dean is housed in the Department of Economics and Management, in the department’s new home in Beck Academic Hall, the scope of her position—and the interdisciplinary nature of her interests in teaching organizational behavior, ethics, and leadership—is such that her presence will be felt campuswide and beyond. Her internal responsibilities include building academic courses and developing opportunities for student research and experiential learning. By way of introduction, Professor Lund Dean contributes an essay in this magazine (p. 16) that among other things describes how to support students in developing the character that will serve them in leadership positions. She writes of the College’s successes in combining character with leadership in programs such as Gustavus Women in Leadership and its student companion, Women in Business Leadership; Gusties in Ongoing Leadership Development (G.O.L.D.); Career Explorations; and study abroad through the Center for International and Cultural Education (CICE). She holds up the Center for Servant Leadership as one of the key spaces where developing character and ethical leaders takes place on campus. And she looks forward to collaborating with these groups and programs in support of the next generations of leaders. The fruits of the College’s character and leadership development programs are also acknowledged annually when the Gustavus Alumni Association announces its alumni awards. On page 43 you will find a listing of the 2013 First Decade Awards, Distinguished Alumni Citations, and Greater Gustavus Award—and a call for 2014 nominations.

Scott P. Anderson ’89, M.B.A., Eagan, Minn. President and Chief Executive Officer, Patterson Companies, Inc., Mendota Heights Thomas M. Annesley ’75, Ph.D., Ann Arbor, Mich. (vice chair) Professor of Clinical Chemistry in Pathology, University Hospital, University of Michigan Al Annexstad, Excelsior, Minn. Chairman, Federated Insurance Companies, Owatonna Tracy L. Bahl ’84, M.B.A., Greenwich, Conn. Special Advisor, General Atlantic, N.Y. Warren Beck ’67, Greenwood, Minn. President, Gabbert & Beck, Inc., Edina Rebecca M. Bergman, Ph.D., North Oaks, Minn. Vice President, Research and Technology, Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management, Medtronic Incorporated, Mounds View Mark E. Bernhardson ’71, M.A., Bloomington, Minn. (chair) City Manager, City of Bloomington The Rev. Åke Bonnier, Skara, Sweden Bishop, Diocese of Skara The Rev. Gordon A. Braatz, Ph.D., M.Div., Minneapolis Pastor and Psychologist, Retired Daniel G. Currell ’94, J.D., St. Paul, Minn. Executive Director, Corporate Executive Board, Arlington, Va. Ardena L. Flippin ’68, M.D., M.B.A., Chicago Director, Physician Assistant Program, John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County/ Malcolm X College The Rev. Brian Fragodt ’81, M.Div., Medina, Minn. Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Lake James H. Gale ’83, J.D., Washington, D.C. Attorney at Law Marcus M. Gustafson ’73, D.D.S., Edina, Minn. Dental Director, Midwest Dental/Mountain Dental John O. Hallberg ’79, M.B.A., Wayzata, Minn. Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, Minneapolis Jeffrey Heggedahl ’87, M.B.A., Minneapolis (ex officio) Chief Executive Officer, Ecova, Spokane, Wash., and Immediate Past President, Gustavus Alumni Association Susanne Björling Heim ’83, Edina, Minn. Business Executive Alfred Henderson ’62, M.B.A., Chanhassen, Minn. Business Executive, Retired George G. Hicks ’75, J.D., Eden Prairie, Minn. (vice chair) Managing Partner, Värde Partners, Inc., Minneapolis The Rev. John D. Hogenson ’81, M.Div., Stillwater, Minn. (ex officio) Senior Pastor, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, and President, Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Linda Bailey Keefe ’69, M.B.A., Atlanta, Ga. (vice chair) Vice President, NAI Brannen Goddard Talmadge E. King Jr. ’70, M.D., Oakland, Calif. Julius R. Krevans Distinguished Professor in Internal Medicine and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Paul Koch ’87, Plymouth, Minn. Senior Vice President/Investments UBS Financial Services, Inc., Wayzata

Steve Waldhauser ’70, Managing Editor

The Rev. Daniel A. Kolander ’68, M.Div., Marion, Iowa Pastor, Retired, and Congregational Strategic Planning and Pastoral Training Consultant Jan Michaletz ’74, Edina, Minn. Past President, Gustavus Alumni Association Jack R. Ohle, D.D. (hon.), D.Litt. (hon.), St. Peter, Minn. (ex officio) President, Gustavus Adolphus College The Rev. Wayne B. Peterson ’77, M.Div., Plymouth, Minn. Pastor, St. Barnabas Lutheran Church The Rev. Dan S. Poffenberger ’82, M.Div., Stillwater, Minn. Senior Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church Beth Sparboe Schnell ’82, Corcoran, Minn. Chief Executive Officer, Sparboe Companies, Wayzata The Rev. Lori Bergstrand Swenson ’82, M.Div., DePere, Wis. Pastor, Ascension Lutheran Church, Green Bay



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

Spoken Word and Poetry Slam

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1 0 St. Lucia Festival 10 Books in Bloom 11 HIllstrom Museum of Art 12 CICE International Photo Contest 14 Calendar

Support Staff Service Recognition John S. Kendall Biography Gustavus Study Tours Summer Sports Camps

Summer Music Strings Institute

Show Choir Camp

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news from campus

Summer Speech Institute

Summer camps cover forensics, nursing, arts


ustavus Adolphus College has expanded its summer academic camp program to include two new camps in addition to seven previously offered. For the sixth consecutive year, the College will offer a Summer Speech Institute (SSI) for high school students with at least one year of competitive forensics experience. The camp, which is limited to 150 student participants, is directed by Kristofer Kracht, director of the nationally ranked Gustavus forensics program. Gustavus also offers a Summer Coaching Institute for high school coaches in conjunction with the SSI. The dates and other information on the student institute are listed below and on the College’s SSI website (identified below). Information on the coaching institute—including mail-in and online registration forms—

Summer Speech and Coaching Institutes Grades 9–12 (One year of competitive experience required): July 20–27; Champions’ extension: July 28–30 Coaching Institute: July 21–27 Contact Kristofer Kracht 507-933-7486

Junior High Summer Speech Institute

Grades 6–8: July 14–17 Contact Kristofer Kracht 507-933-7486

Young Writers Institute Grades 9–12: August 4–7 Contact Kristofer Kracht 507-933-7486

is available on the SSI site as well. Gustavus will host eight additional academic camps under the general coordination of Kracht: a Summer Public Forum Debate Institute for students entering grades 9–12; a Junior High Summer Speech Institute for novices of middle school age; a Show Choir Camp for student singers entering grades 7–12; a Strings Institute for student musicians entering grades 10–12; a Nursing Institute for grades 10–12; an Institute of Spoken Word and “Poetry Slam” for grades 9–12; a Theater Audition Bootcamp offered in conjunction with the Guthrie Theater for grades 9–12; and a Young Writers Institute for grades 9–12. Contact the individual coordinators listed below for more information.

summer public forum debate institute Grades 9–12: July 13–19 Contact Kristofer Kracht 507-933-7486

Gustavus show choir camp Grades 7–12: July 14–20 Contact Brandon Dean 507-933-7370

Summer Music STrings Institute Grades 10–12: June 9–15 or 16–22 Contact Justin Knoepfel 507-933-7360

Gustavus Institute of Nursing

Grades 10–12: July 7–11 Contact Lynnea Myers ’05 507-933-6127

Institute of Spoken Word and Poetry Slam Grades 9–12: June 23–29 Contact Kristofer Kracht 507-933-7486

gustavus/guthrie Theater Audition Bootcamp Grades 9–12: July 7–12 Contact Henry MacCarthy 507-933-7352



news from campus

Milestone service anniversaries honored


orty Gustavus support-staff employees were recognized for their service to the College at the annual staff Christmas luncheon on December 21, 2012. Pictured are those honored for milestone anniversaries of 25 years and more and those who retired in 2012.

2012 Retirees front row from left: Sylvia Folkerts, Dining Service (25 years of service); Judy Schultz, Book Mark (20 years); and Sandra Grochow, Finance Office (47 years). Back row: Marie Dutton, Custodial (35 years); Robert Hahn, Physical Plant (42 years); and Judith Roberts, Provost’s Office (14 years). Not pictured: Barbara Boutwell, Financial Aid Office (11 years); and Thomas O’Brien, Custodial (18 years). 30 & 35 Years Marie Dutton, Custodial (35 years). Not pictured: Margaret Allen, Dining Service (30 years). 25 Years from left: Sylvia Folkerts, Dining Service, and Linda Theissen, Dining Service. Not pictured: Michael Bonham, Custodial, and Wayne Overson, Custodial. 25 years of Service

2012 Retirees

Your Opinion Matters Gustavus Adolphus College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit April 22–24, 2013, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Gustavus Adolphus College has been accredited by the Commission since 1915. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public is invited to submit comments regarding the College: Public Comment on Gustavus Adolphus College The Higher Learning Commission 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, IL 60604-1411 The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s website at Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing. All comments must be received by March 21, 2013.



35 years of Service


hree awards recognizing outstanding service to Gustavus coaching in the Corwith/Wesley School District in Iowa. He was named Adolphus College were presented to faculty and staff members director of the Office of Alumni Relations following the retirement of at a ceremony held during the College’s observance of Founders Vice President Cecil Eckhoff ’56 in 1994. Day on November 2, 2012. Niederriter joined the physics faculty in 1985 after earning his Ph.D. The Augusta Carlson Schultz Award for the Outstanding Support at Ohio University. He was promoted to full professor in 2000 and has Staff Employee of 2012, named for the girl who at the age of 16 served as director of the College’s Nobel Conference since 2008. became one of the first and youngest employees of the Gustavus Dining Service and went on to give the College many years of dedicated service, was presented to Philly Kauffmann, administrative assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations. The Eric Norelius Award for the Outstanding Administrative Employee for 2012, named for the College’s founder, was given to Randall Stuckey ’83, director of alumni relations. The Faculty Service Award, given annually to a faculty member whose service has improved the College, went to Chuck Niederriter, professor of physics. Kauffmann joined the support staff of the College in 1980 and worked briefly in the switchboard office before moving to the Office of Alumni Relations, where she is now an administrative assistant. Stuckey, a 1983 graduate of Gustavus, returned to his alma mater in 1985 as assistant Randall Stuckey ’83, Philly Kauffmann, and Chuck Niederriter director of alumni relations after teaching and

Minnesota Education Job Fair Monday, April 15, 2013 Minneapolis Convention Center Meet employers from across the United States (and some international) about career opportunities. Find the employer list at To register, mail a check for $20 along with your name, education licensure areas, and e-mail address to: Center for Servant Leadership Gustavus Adolphus College 800 West College Avenue St. Peter, MN 56082

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Three dedicated employees honored at Founders Day ceremony


On His Watch: John S. Kendall at Gustavus


ith his new book, On His Watch: John S. Kendall at Gustavus, Dennis Johnson ’60 has written a record of former Gustavus professor and president John Kendall that Johnson calls a “study in leadership.” The book profiles a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges. It is about his preparation for the president’s office and his hopes once he occupied it. It is about passion, purpose, leadership, and heart. It is also about issues still at the core of higher education today. And, it deals with the frustrations, conflicts, and disappointments that go with the job. Johnson describes how this man took on the challenges, met them with humor, and persevered to advance the college he loved and to which he gave his energy for 20 years as a member of the faculty (1958–1965 and 1968–1981) and 10 years as president (1981–91). It chronicles what happened “on his watch,” as Kendall himself often characterized his time at the helm. The book may be purchased through the Gustavus Book Mark.

Save the Date . . .

Gustavus Library Associates’ Gala 35th Anniversary Party, A Royal Affair, Radisson Blu Mall of America Benefiting the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library


November 16

2013 SPRING 2013


news from campus

Gustavus Study Tours Pearls of Central Europe

U.S. Civil War

Prague, Budapest, and Vienna Study Tour September 10–21, 2013

Antietam, Gettysburg, and Washington, D.C. October 20–26, 2013 Experience Antietam, Gettysburg, and Washington, D.C., with Gustavus alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War historian James McPherson, Ph.D., from October 20 to 26, 2013. This sevenday experience begins in Washington, D.C. From there, the group will travel to some of the most famous and infamous battlefields and inns of the Civil War, including Shepherdstown, Harper’s Ferry, Antietam, and Gettysburg, where President Lincoln gave his famous address. With his vast and insightful knowledge McPherson will explain the momentous issues of the time and why the Civil War still resonates today as “the second American Revolution.” Program Leader: A native of St. Peter, Minn., James McPherson graduated magna cum laude from Gustavus in 1958. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in 1963 from Johns Hopkins University. He taught at Princeton University for 42 years, where he held the title of George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History. He is probably best known for his 1988 book Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989. For more information, view a more detailed trip itinerary at, or call the President’s Office at 507-933-7538.

Experience central Europe with Gustavus Professor Emeritus of History Tom Emmert, Ph.D., from September 10 to 21, 2013. This 12-day Gustavus study tour is focused around three showpiece cities of central Europe: Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Start the journey at Old Town Square in Prague and feel like you are stepping back 700 years in history. End the journey 11 days later on the Danube River in Budapest on a private dinner cruise celebrating an amazing trip. The group will experience museums, concerts, palaces, cathedrals, and more, learning about the historical significance of this part of the world, which is famous for its beauty, architecture, and music. Program Leader: Tom Emmert developed his passion for history and eastern and central Europe while a student at St. Olaf College. He studied in Yugoslavia and at Oxford University as an undergraduate and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Trained as a specialist in medieval Serbia, Emmert prepared his doctoral dissertation in Belgrade as a Fulbright Scholar. He joined the faculty of the History Department at Gustavus in 1973. In 1994 he received the College’s Edgar Carlson Award for Distinguished Teaching. For more information, visit president/tours, contact Emmert at, or call the President’s Office at 507-933-7538.

Full itinerary, costs, and registration for both tours can be found online at

Coming to a college fair near you! The Gustavus Admission Office will be represented at the following college fairs during spring 2013. Those interested in more information should contact Alan Meier in the Admission Office at 507-933-7682 or (This list is accurate as of Dec. 28, 2012.)

MARCH 11 Shakopee High School College Fair 12 Wayzata High School College Fair 12 Xavier High School College Fair, Appleton, Wis. 13 Hopkins High School College Fair 13 Stevens Point (Wis.) College Fair 14 Henry Sibley High School College Fair 14 Farmington High School College Fair 18 Chanhassen High School College Fair 19 Anoka High School College Fair



19 Rosemount High School College Fair 20 St Louis Park High School College Fair 20 Stillwater High School College Fair 20 Sioux Falls (S.D.) College Fairs 21 Blaine High School College Fair 21 Champlin Park High School College Fair 21 Sioux Falls (S.D.) College Fairs 22 Coon Rapids High School College Fair 26 Iowa City West High School (Iowa) College Fair


“Preview Gustavus” visit event #1 on campus 10 “Preview Gustavus” visit event #2 on campus 11 “Preview Gustavus” visit event #3 on campus

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Gustavus summer sports camps announced Due to burgeoning interest in summer sports camps for both youth and adults, we’re announcing the 2013 lineup in this issue of the Quarterly. All camps listed below feature knowledgeable coaching

“Gustie” Basketball & Leadership camps

Gustie Soccer Camps Boys and girls (Ages 9–14): June 23–27 Girls (Grades 9–12): July 14–17

Shooting Camp: June 8 Session 1 (Grades 6–7): June 9–12 Session 2 (Grades 6–7): June 12–15 Session 3 (Grades 7–8): June 16–20 Session 4 (Grades 8–9): June 23–27 Session 5 (Varsity): July 7–11 Session 6 (Grades 9–10): July 14–18 Session 7 (Grades 9–11): July 21–25

Contact Laura Burnett-Kurie 507-933-7619

Gustavus Hockey camps Hockey & Sons*: July 3–7, July 27–31, July 31–Aug. 4 Boys’ Week: July 15–18, July 22–25

gustavus Football camps Youth Camps (Grades 4–8): June 17–18, June 24–25 All-Star “7-on-7” Passing Tournament: Wednesday, June 26

Grades 9–12: June 22, June 29

Boys and girls (Ages 9–17): June 16–20, Aug. 4–8 Contact Scott Moe 507-933-7610

gustavus Gymnastics camp Girls (ages 9–18): June 23–27

Boys and girls (Ages 10–18) Sprint Camp: June 18–22 Technique & Training Camps: June 23–27, July 30–Aug. 3, Aug. 4–8

Contact Katie Olson

Tennis & Life Camps

Contact William Braunger

gustavus Swim camps

Contact Jed Friedrich 507-933-7632 athletic/nordic

Contact Peter Haugen 507-933-7660

Gustie Hurdle Camps

Contact Rachelle Dosch 507-933-6468

gustavus golf camps

Boys and girls (Grades 8–12): June 23–27

Contact Dale Bahr 507-340-2237

Contact Mike Carroll 507-933-6297

Boys and girls (Grades 8–12) One-day Discus Camps: June 11, 17, 19, 24, 26 One-day Shot Put Camps: June 10, 18, 25

gustavus Nordic Ski camp

gustavus running camp

Team Camp (Grades 9–12): July 8–10

Southern Minnesota Throwers Camps

Contact Tom Thorkelson 507-317-0755

Grades 7–12: June 23–27

Gustavus Women’s Hockey team camp

gustavus volleyball camps

Contact Mark Hanson 507-933-7037

Contact Brett Petersen 507-933-7615 *

Advanced College Skills Camp (Grades 9–12): July 26–28 (overnight camp) Youth Skills Day Camp (Grades K–8): July 29–Aug. 1 Satellite Camps (Gustie coaches come to your gym!): available all summer by arrangement

staffs, well-maintained athletic facilities, and quality dining services and housing accommodations. Complete camp information is posted at

Junior Camps (Ages 11–18): June 10–13, June 17–20, June 24–27, July 15–18, July 22–25, July 29–Aug. 1, Aug. 1–4, Aug. 5–8 Tournament Player Camps (Ages 11–18): July 8–11 Adult Camps (Ages 18–80): June 13–16, June 20–23, July 11–14 Family Camps (Ages 8–80): June 27–30, July 18–21, July 25–28 Contact Neal Hagberg 507-933-8805 or

Contact Jon Carlson 507-933-7694



news from campus

72nd annual St. Lucia Festival celebrated

Photo by: Nick Thiesen


icole Ektnitphong, a sophomore from Worthington, Minn., reigned as the Lucia queen as Gustavus Adolphus College celebrated its 72nd annual Festival of St. Lucia on Dec. 6 in Christ Chapel. As part of this seasonal tradition, the six sophomore women pictured here were chosen for the Lucia court. Members of the court are nominated and selected each year based on “courageous leadership, strength of character, service to others, and compassion.” The Festival of St. Lucia begins the Christmas season in Swedish custom and is traditionally held on December 13. On this day in Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by preparing and serving baked goods and coffee to her family at sunrise. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that will end the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season. At Gustavus, the Lucia Court traditionally sings carols in the College’s residence halls during the early morning hours on the day of the crowning. Lucia is chosen through a campus community vote.

The 2012 Lucia Court and Star Children – Back row, from left: Nikki Rom, Littlefork, Minn.; Maura Bremer, Mahtomedi, Minn.; Nicole Ektnitphong Worthington, Minn.; Danielle Cabrera, Napa, Calif.; Carolyn Draayer, Deephaven, Minn.; and Mara LeBlanc, Richfield, Minn. Star children (in the front row) were Samara Jones, daughter of Virgil Jones, director, diversity development and multicultural programs, and his wife, Kristin; Thomas Johnson, son of Ann Johnson, director of advancement services, and her husband, Charlie; Ava Hahn, daughter of Stacy Hahn, administrative assistant, admission, and her husband, Brady ’97; Cole Junso, son of Andrea Junso, assistant director of student activities, and her husband, T.J.; Greta Hahn, daughter of Stacy and Brady Hahn; Annalise Jenson, daughter of Jeff Jenson, college archivist and academic librarian, and his wife, Tiffany; and Caitlyn Otto, daughter of Stephanie Jensen Otto ’00, assistant professor of health and exercise science, and Nathanael Otto ’99, assistant women’s basketball and volleyball coach.

Books will bloom again at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Based on the tremendous response to the first two Books in Bloom events sponsored by Gustavus Library Associates (GLA), the friends-of-the-Library volunteer organization will present its third annual event May 3–5, 2013. Attended by over 500 people in 2012, Books in Bloom offered a wide array of floral and plant arrangements matched with 30 different books, journals, films, and other holdings of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library. A short paragraph describing the “match” of blooms with the library selection accompanied each exhibit, allowing the viewer a special insight into why particular flowers were selected. A slide show of last year’s event is available on the GLA page at Books in Bloom 2013 will bring



an insight into such books/films as the popular children’s tale Because of Winn Dixie; a story of the Periodic Table titled Disappearing Spoon; and the crown of

PBS’s Masterpiece Theater, Downton Abbey. History buffs will be interested in seeing the designer’s interpretation of The Legacy of Conquest. And a companion bloom for Night Circus will be unveiled. “The talent and creativity represented by artists saluting literature is so impressive,” reports Marisa Schloer ’09, this year’s Books in Bloom chair. “Our third-year event will be spectacular.” Books in Bloom 2013 will be open to the public on Friday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m.; on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Dana Lamb or Dean Wahlund ’72 in Marketing and Communication (507-933-7550 or

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Hillstrom Museum exhibits watercolor artist’s work by Donald Myers ’83


ow Things Are: Paintings by Ann Martin features large watercolors and is on view at the Hillstrom Museum of Art from February 25 through April 21, 2013. The artist, Ann Martin ’68, is familiar to many on campus who may have met her over the past few years during the several residencies during which she observed and painted various aspects of campus life. In the early 1970s, she worked for several years as a freelance courtroom artist, covering such notable trials as Watergate, the Black Panthers, and the Chicago Seven. Since 1984, she has lived in Ireland. Martin’s work is akin in philosophy to the Ashcan artists of the early 20th century in the United States (whose works form the core of the Hillstrom Collection). They were eager to embrace modern life, to create images that drew from real people and their lives. In Martin’s work, she seeks deeper understanding of life, for herself through the process of creating, and for her audience in their apprehension of her watercolors. That is her preferred medium much of the time, partly because its portability allows her to observe and intermix with life as it occurs, recording her observations. As she notes in her artist’s statement, to understand “How Things Are” (the exhibition title) is to realize that one is deeply embedded in the lives of others. And her discussions with those she portrays have an impact on what she observes. Martin is primarily concerned with her own amazement at the unpredictability of life that is “acted out by players whose personal drama is endured with dignity and heroism.” She observes the social condition of her subjects, and her works are filled with physical minutiae that are fascinating but that are just details supporting the observations that delight and astound her and that she wishes to share with her audience. In a work such as American Charity, a closely-observed image of the interior of a Chicago second-hand shop, customers pore over donations in search of something useful

John Sloan (1871–1951), Bonfire, 1920, etching on paper, 5 ¼ x 7 3/8 inches, purchased with funds donated by Edward and Dawn (Ekstrom ’67) Michael.

Ann Martin, American Charity, 2005, watercolor on rag, 30-5/16 x 22-13/16 inches. that will add value to their existence. In Town Square, an exterior view of village life in Skibbereen (in County Cork, Ireland, where Martin has lived since 1991), townspeople tend to their errands and live their lives on an early spring day. Her works relating to her stays on campus capture aspects of the College’s personality and include a winter scene of students rushing across campus, with Old Main as a backdrop, and a group of insightful portraits of Gustavus ROTC students. In conjunction with How Things Are, the Museum also is presenting The Eight, the Ashcan School, and the American Scene in the Hillstrom Collection, a selection of works by artists from the groups that have been an influence on Martin. Among these works is the 1922 oil painting Sunset, Shady Valley by George Bellows (1882– 1925), a recent donation from the Reverend Richard L. Hillstrom ’38 (and part of a group of key paintings from his collection that, along with his recent financial contribution of $1 million to support the Museum, will be discussed in the next issue of The Quarterly). Also part of the exhibition is a 1920 etching by John Sloan (1871–1951) titled Bonfire, a depiction of boys in New York City enjoying an impromptu winter street fire. Bonfire is a recent acquisition with funds donated by Edward and Dawn (Ekstrom ’67) Michael. In conjunction with Martin’s exhibit will be performances of dance works choreographed and danced by students in the Dance Composition II class under the guidance of faculty member Melissa Rolnick, to be presented in the Museum space April 18 (5:30–6:30 p.m.) and 20 (3–4 p.m.). n

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



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Two decades of world views: The CICE International Photo Contest


he Gustavus International Photo Contest was begun in the early 1990s by the staff of the International Education office. Each year more than a hundred photographs are submitted. This year’s winning photos were taken during the last two years by students who studied or traveled internationally. Each fall the entire campus community is invited to vote for the three best photos in three categories: Human Interest, Cultural Landscape, and Popular Vote. In addition, staff in the Center for International and Cultural Education (including student workers) vote for first-, second-, and third-place Office awards, and a number of honorable mentions are designated. Reproduced here are the winning photographs in each of the four categories for 2011–12. See more photo contest winners from previous years at photocontest/winners.php.

Man in the Window Human Interest 1st Place

Photograph by: Caitlin Dow ’14, Farmington, Minn., 2012 Location: Wuzhen, China Study Abroad Program: Gustavus January Interim: Olympic Quest Photo Description: We were taking a tour of a fishing village. The man in the photo was watching our group from his window and at the perfect moment in time he looked right at me and I snapped the photo. The look in his eyes tells a story; each viewer may interpret that story differently, but that’s what makes the photo so interesting.

The Lone Scholar Popular Vote 1st Place

Photograph by: Courtney Farland ’13, Forest City, Iowa, 2012 Location: Durban, South Africa Study Abroad Program: SIT: Community Health and Social Policy Photo Description: This young boy was one of the only children at school on this particular day. He attends school at a rural location rooted firmly in the Zulu culture of South Africa.



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Silent Footsteps

Cultural Landscape 1st Place Photograph by: Laura Burgstahler ’13, Duluth, Minn., 2012 Location: Budapest, Hungary Study Abroad Program: Danish Institute for Study Abroad Photo Description: This picture was taken during my time in Budapest, Hungary. The shoes are in honor of the Jews who were killed in Budapest during World War II. The victims were brought to the banks of the Danube River, ordered to take off their shoes, and were shot. The river carried the bodies away, but the shoes remain as a reminder of the tragedy.

Tibetan Opera

CICE Office Vote 1st Place Photograph by: Kexin Feng ’14, Nandajie, Pixian, Chengdu, People’s Republic of China, 2011 Location: Gannan, Gansu, China Study Abroad Program: Independent travel Photo Description: We went up on a hill to watch the sunrise that day, but the weather wasn’t very good. On our way back, we met a lama, who asked if we were going to the Tibetan Opera. He led us to the temple as the opera was about to start. Lamas wearing masks danced and sang in the courtyard. Others gathered around them, sitting on the ground. Masks with different colors have different meanings: white means pure, red is dignified, green is tame, etc. The yellow mask in the picture stands for auspicious. The Tibetan Opera was a surprise for our trip, and it was awesome!



news from campus calendar

‘Spring bouquets’


Continuing through April 21 Art Exhibitions: The Eight, the Ashcan School, and the American Scene in the Hillstrom Collection & How Things Are: Watercolors by Ann Martin; Hillstrom Museum of Art, regular hours: Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1–5 p.m. Free. 3 Artist Series: Sean Duggan, classical pianist; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Free. 3 Music: Hot Dish Trio in Concert (Karrin Meffert-Nelson, clarinet; Leslie Shank, violin; Susan Billmeyer, piano); Björling Recital Hall, 7 p.m. Free. 8 Music: Steve Parry ’84, guest singersongwriter; Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free. 9 18th annual Building Bridges studentled diversity conference, “Sentenced for Life: Confronting the Calamity of Mass Incarceration,” keynoted by Angela Davis & Marc Lamont Hill; Christ Chapel, opening at 9:30 a.m. Ticket required; order online at For more information, contact the Diversity Center (507-933-7449).




13  St. Peter/Mankato Gustie Breakfast: Scott Bur, associate professor of chemistry; Jackson Campus Center Banquet Room, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, contact Institutional Advancement (507-933-7512). 14  “Gustavus Passion for Lifelong Learning” Series: An Evening of Poetry with Joyce Sutphen; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 7:30 p.m. For reservations, contact Alumni Relations at or 800-487-8437. 17 Artist Series: Franklin Larey, classical pianist; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Free. 20 Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast: Scott Bur, associate professor of chemistry; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, contact Alumni Relations (800-487-8437, or alumni/). 22, 23, & 24 Dance: Spring Dance Concert, directed by Melissa Rolnick & Michele Rusinko; Anderson Theatre, 8 p.m. (Mar. 22 & 23) & 2 p.m. (Mar. 24). Ticket required; order online at, or call 507-9337590. 23 Music: Gustavus & Vasa Wind Orchestras’ Spring Winds Concert, conducted by Douglas Nimmo & Karrin Meffert-Nelson; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Free. 23 30th annual President’s Ball; Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, 5–11 p.m. Ticket required; order online at, or contact the Gustavus Ticket Center (507-9337590). 24 Music: Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra in Concert, conducted by Justin Knoepfel; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Free. 27 Music: The Seven Last Words of Christ, featuring the Gustavus Faculty String Quartet and Chaplain Rachel Larson; Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Free. 27 Artist Series: Ragamala Dance Company in Concert; Anderson Theatre, 8 p.m. Ticket required; order online at, or call 507-933-7590. 29–April 7 Easter Recess & Spring Break

10  St. Peter/Mankato Gustie Breakfast: Scott Moe ’95, head men’s & women’s golf coach; Jackson Campus Center Banquet Room, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, contact Institutional Advancement (507-933-7512). 13 Music: Adolphus Jazz Ensemble & Gustavus Jazz Lab Band Spring Concert, directed by Steve Wright; Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free. 14 Music: Gustavus Symphony Orchestra Home Concert, conducted by Ruth Lu Lin; Christ Chapel, 1:30 p.m. Free. 16 GLA Event: Author Day, with Minnesota author Peter Geye; Edina Country Club, 9:30 a.m. brunch & program. For reservations, contact Marketing & Communication (507-9337550). 16 Music: 2013 Gustavus Oratorio Festival; all day in Schaefer Fine Arts Center & Christ Chapel. Festival concert featuring select high school choirs & the Gustavus Choir, conducted by Gregory Aune; Björling Recital Hall, 7 p.m. Free. 17  Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast: Scott Moe ’95, head men’s & women’s golf coach; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, contact Alumni Relations (800-487-8437, or alumni/). 18  Lindau Symposium: “Government Policy & Economics,” social scientist and author Arthur Brooks; Alumni Hall, 7 p.m. Free. 19 Third annual Gustavus Women in Leadership Conference: “The Importance of Authenticity”; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Ticket required; order online at 21 (–May 19) Art Exhibition: New Paintings by Rebecca Silus, a Gustavus Artist Series artist-in-residence event; Schaefer Gallery, regular hours: Mon.– Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1–5 p.m. Free. 26, 27, & 28 Theatre: Senior Honors Project in Physical Theatre, by Jane Chung ’13; Anderson Theatre, 8 p.m. (April 26 & 27) & 2 p.m. (April 28). Ticket required; order online at, or call 507-9337590. 28 Music: Gustavus Percussion Ensemble Spring Concert, directed by Paul Hill; Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. Free.

George Bellows (1882–1925), Sunset, Shady Valley, 1922, oil on canvas, 16-3/8 x 24 inches, gift of the Reverend Richard L. Hillstrom ’38. 28 Music: Spring Woodwind Chamber Concert; Björling Recital Hall, 3:30 p.m. Free. 30 Music: Gustavus Women’s Chorus Festival; all day in Schaefer Fine Arts Center & Christ Chapel. Free.


2 33rd annual Mayday! Peace Conference: “Decision: Roe v. Wade”; Christ Chapel, Beck Hall, & other campus venues, opening at 10 a.m. Open to the public without charge, but pre-registration requested through Marketing & Communication (507-9337550). (Note date change.) 3  Celebration of Creative Inquiry; Jackson Campus Center Hallway and Banquet Rooms, 5–7 p.m. Free. 3–5 GLA Event: “Books in Bloom”; Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, open during library hours: Fri. 3–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., & Sun. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. 4  Honors Day: Convocation, Christ Chapel, 10:30 a.m.; 2013 Senior Honors Recital, Björling Recital Hall, 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Marketing & Communication (507-9337520). 4 (–June 2) Art Exhibition: Senior Studio Art Majors’ Exhibition; Hillstrom Museum of Art, regular hours: Mon.– Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 1–5 p.m. (Opening reception, May 4, 4–6 p.m.). Free.

4 Music: Gustavus & Vasa Wind Orchestras Spring Concert, conducted by Douglas Nimmo & Karrin MeffertNelson; Björling Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free. 8  St. Peter/Mankato Gustie Breakfast: Tim Kennedy ’82, vice president for marketing & communication; Jackson Campus Center Banquet Room, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, contact Institutional Advancement (507-9337512). 9, 10, 11, & 12 Theatre: Machinal, by Sophie Treadwell, directed by Amy Seham; Anderson Theatre, 8 p.m. (May 9–11) & 2 p.m. (May 12). Ticket required; order online at, or call 507-933-7590. 12 Music: Gustavus Choir Spring Concert, conducted by Gregory Aune; Christ Chapel, 3:30 p.m. Free. 15  Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast: Tim Kennedy ’82, vice president for marketing & communication; American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, 7:30–9 a.m. For reservations, contact Alumni Relations (800-487-8437, or gustavus. edu/alumni/). 15 Music: Choir of Christ Chapel Home Concert, conducted by Brandon Dean; Christ Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Free.

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

Sports Up-to-date sports schedules may be found on the Web, through the Gustavus homepage ( For a printed schedule of any or all of the Gustie varsity athletic squads, download from the Web or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Ethan Armstrong ’09, sports information director, Gustavus Adolphus College, 800 W. College Ave., St. Peter, MN 56082-1498. Also, you can listen to selected Gustavus athletics broadcasts over the internet. Broadcasts may be accessed through a link on Gustavus athletics website: gac.portal#. the arts To receive a more

complete fine arts schedule or more information on fine arts events noted in the calendar, contact Al Behrends ’77, director of fine arts programs, by phone (507-933-7363) or e-mail (al@

tickets Tickets for the

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



What makes

The responsibilities of Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair Kathy Lund Dean include mentoring students and gaining new leadership opportunities for them at the College and in the larger community. She is pictured here with some Gustie students who have been active in leadership and leadership-learning roles. Clockwise (starting with Professor Lund Dean) are Lindsey Hjelm, a senior from North Oaks, Minn., and a member of Gusties in Ongoing Leadership Development (G.O.L.D.); Meagan Wanecke, a senior from Delafield, Wis., and vice president for recruiting for WiBL; and Kelsey Kennedy, a senior from Eagan, Minn., who is copresident of WiBL. All threes students are also teammates and leaders on the Gustavus women’s ice hockey team.



s a leader . . . a leader? A way out of the definition maze by Kathy Lund Dean


f I were to ask ten people what leadership means, chances are I would get ten distinct responses. There are hundreds of leadership models, definitions, and distinctions. For millennia, we’ve been trying to understand why some people are more effective leaders than others. With the stunning organizational ethics failures of the past decade alone, from corporations to churches to service organizations, we in business education find ourselves encountering antipathy toward the whole idea of leadership at a time when we most need excellent leaders to emerge. So, how do we move forward with a concept that resists clean definitions and encompasses so many ways of understanding it? I attended my annual teaching and learning conference this past summer in St. Catharines, Ontario. A colleague of mine asked a nine-year-old attending a leadership camp what “leadership” meant to her, and here is what she said: Leadership is when you’re all playing together and you notice there is a kid who doesn’t have anyone to play with, and you go ask him to come play with you. That child’s response is emblematic of the way I have come to understand leadership, and particularly ethical leadership, over the years: Leadership is about action that makes a difference, and character mediates whether that difference is positive or negative. Our leadership camper saw a solitary child, and because children often see the world with a clarity that conflates good character

with leadership, she took action that made a positive difference. Conversely, Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro have certainly taken action as co-owners of the New England Compounding Center, but because their priority was financial gain, their tainted medicines have sickened hundreds of people and killed 36, with more deaths sure to follow. Those two men represent the worst in the privation of leadership character. And what of character? Arguably, we should spend as much time talking about character as we do talking about leadership because it’s character that determines how a leader’s actions will probably be experienced. Yet we cannot see character without some kind of action as a signal to its nature. I think that is why F. Scott Fitzgerald made no distinction between

action and character—action is character. Malcolm Forbes said, “You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing for them or to them.” By seeing what leaders consistently do, and the outcomes of those actions, I don’t get bogged down in definitions or arguments about theoretical primacy. Even small children know what leadership looks like in action, without knowing (or caring) how we academics want to define it. So, how do we carefully and intentionally cultivate character? What kind of space and experiences embed character in our students so that their leadership activities are transformative for and affirm the dignity of all who encounter them? Gustavus is that space, and Gustavus faculty and staff are exactly the people



who shape those experiences for ethical leadership development. In my own leadership research, as well as in my role as associate editor for the Journal of Management Education, I have seen scholars describe how to support students in developing the character that will serve them in leadership positions. Educational experiences must help them 1. learn who they are, and where they fit within a dizzyingly complex global workplace. Successful leaders have competence in reflecting on their successes and challenges, and don’t shy away from learning new things about themselves and others;

5. develop, test, and become adept at using a moral compass. There are no comforting lists of what is right and wrong in a global setting, because we cannot count on shared understandings based on similar life experiences and faith traditions. Successful leaders understand moral uncertainty and pressures, and resist the absolutism that comes from simply deflecting difficult situations or conflicting values. They subject their beliefs to scrutiny and discover where their own lines in the sand lie.

become de-coupled in business education and what faculty can do about it. The Carnegie Foundation’s latest research study findings, Rethinking Undergraduate Business Education: Liberal Learning for the Profession (2011), have caused a great stir in business academic departments across the globe. The Carnegie report has given us a roadmap to cultivate excellent leadership in our students, and Gustavus is uniquely positioned, with an infrastructure and ethos built on our five core values, to follow that map. Liberal education helps students with learning outcomes critical to

2. cultivate broadly transferable skills like creativity, flexibility, intellectual curiosity, and tolerance for ambiguity. The global workplace is getting more complex, not less, and change happens faster every day. Successful leaders have skills in self-managing high velocity environments while helping others similarly manage; 3. learn how to learn new information. Knowledge accumulation is growing exponentially, so a focus on content must give way to a focus on the process of learning. With some knowledge bases like medicine doubling every 18 months, content quickly becomes obsolete, and successful leaders engage with new knowledge that serves others well; 4. d  evelop an appreciation for other cultures and beliefs, and develop a strong foundation of civic awareness and engagement. Successful leaders model inclusion and are not threatened by people with whom they are unfamiliar. They model the process of appreciation and generativity. Successful leaders realize that “community” means all of us, and do not separate “us” from “them”; and



An important part of Professor Kathy Lund Dean’s responsibilities is “helping students see what’s possible as leaders.” She is pictured here with G.O.L.D. member, Lindsey Hjelm, WiBL VP Meagan Wanecke, and Carolyn Draayer, a sophomore from Deephaven, Minn., who is an executive board member for Women in Business Leadership.

As I navigate my way and become familiar with Gusties both on and off campus, I am energized to see student leadership opportunities already aligned with an influential report that details how character and leadership have

sustaining leadership excellence in a global village, because the focus is on the process of learning as a lifelong sport. Since I arrived at Gustavus last summer, I have seen transformative and affirming leadership everywhere. One of the key

spaces where developing character and ethical leaders takes place is in the Center for Servant Leadership (CSL). Although the Center has chosen Robert Greenleaf’s seminal conception of servant-leadership as its organizing paradigm, the CSL’s direction in offering students leadership activities and experiential learning opportunities directly supports a broad vision of Gustavus students as leaders in their respective fields. In my role of advancing leadership opportunities for students, I work with the entire CSL staff. Jeff Stocco, the

Center’s director, talked about some of the challenges we face in bringing Gustavus’s core values to life: “The last decade or so has been a challenge for institutions of higher education. We have been so focused on attracting and retaining students that we have perhaps been reluctant to demand more from them. It has felt at times that higher education has given up on challenging students to consider the

big questions, the tough questions of vocation and service. Students need to craft their own path for how they will serve in every aspect of their life. What will they contribute while here? How will they make a difference once they get out into the world?” It is within that question of service that Gustavus may uniquely deliver on the promise of the Carnegie report for transformative leadership education and character development. The notion of “leader” now must include engaging with community and recognizing our common fate with community partners. Developing character that shapes positive leadership outcomes means having students discover their leadership voice, take action in service to others, and reflect on their experiences in iterative, developmental ways. Although my own position continues to be organic, my responsibilities for helping students see what’s possible as leaders include activities both inside Gustavus as well as with the greater community. I have four main work arenas: 1. gaining new leadership learning opportunities for students at Gustavus. That includes working with the College’s faculty and staff across campus to create infrastructure around experiential learning opportunities such as servicelearning, internships, study abroad, January Interim courses, career opportunities, and communitybased partnerships. For the spring semester, my Organizational Behavior students will enjoy servicelearning opportunities with four organizational leaders in the greater southern Minnesota area; 2. working with my department members to strategically plan our future. I chair our department’s strategic planning effort, and we have identified a host of opportunities and challenges going forward that demand our attention. The department’s national advisory

board will be wonderfully assistive as we delineate how Economics and Management will best serve students; 3. harnessing the enthusiastic support of alumni and supporters of the College. It has been a delight for me to meet with so many alumni, friends, and trustees of the College over the last four months. Each time I get to do so reaffirms what a special place Gustavus is for so many people; 4. continuing my own research and scholarly engagement. My research projects continue to flourish in the major streams of understanding how religious accommodation disputes are resolved in the workplace, exploring what contributes to student engagement, and understanding how organizational context shapes ethical decision-making. I am looking forward to presenting my new work at three major meetings next year, and moving prior work toward publication. Gustavus is a special place where young men and women genuinely experience who they are, perhaps for the first time. Gustavus is where they have success combining character with leadership, in programs like Gustavus Women in Leadership and its student companion, Women in Business Leadership; Gusties in Ongoing Leadership Development (G.O.L.D.); Career Explorations; and study abroad through the Center for International and Cultural Education. It is amazing to watch what happens when an entire community, both on and off campus, comes together to support the next generation of leaders. n Kathy Lund Dean, Ph.D., is a professor of management in the Department of Economics and Management and the Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics.



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Fall sports summaries by Ethan Armstrong ’09

Volleyball The Gustavus volleyball team finished 10–18 overall and 4–7 in the MIAC to place eighth in the league standings in 2012. After reaching the MIAC playoffs last season for the first time since 2008, head coach Rachelle Dosch—now in her third season at the helm of the program—found herself directing a talented yet inexperienced team made up of 3 seniors, 7 sophomores, and 11 first-year players. Although the Gusties showed glimpses of brilliance, they couldn’t recover from a rough stretch of matches during the heart of the season when the team lost 11 of 12 matches. Senior captain Emily Phillips, a local product from nearby Cleveland, Minn., capped her career by taking home allconference honors at the end of the season. Phillips played in 107 of 109 sets and led the

team in kills, attack percentage, and kills per set. In 28 matches, she recorded 273 kills (2.55 kps) for an attack percentage of .234. Football The Gustavus football team went 3–7 overall and 2–6 in the MIAC for a seventhplace finish in the conference. For the second straight year, the Gusties found themselves on the losing end of several tightly contested battles. After beginning the year with a win for the first time in head coach Peter Haugen’s four-year tenure, the Gusties lost six of seven close games. Gustavus either led or trailed by less than two scores at halftime in five of those six losses. Despite missing three games due to injury, junior running back Jeffrey Dubose

(St. Paul, Minn.) earned a spot on the AllMIAC First Team following the season, becoming the first Gustavus player to do so since 2009. Dubose gained 665 yards on 135 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per carry. He scored seven touchdowns and averaged 95 yards per game on the ground, eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark on four different occasions. Others receiving All-MIAC honors included senior offensive tackle Brian Grundmeyer (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), junior defensive tackle Donte Green (Minneapolis, Minn.), and junior outside linebacker Joe Haas (Mission, Kan.). Grundmeyer was named to the Second Team on offense, while Green and Haas garnered Second Team distinction on defense.

The 2012 MIAC Co-champion Gustavus Adolphus College men’s soccer team: Front row from left – Charlie Adams, Alvaro Pinto, Jackson Zoellner, Brett Ylonen, Chris Berglund, Nick Kieser, Sean Sendelbach, Evan Odean, and Elliot Emerson. Middle row – Ryan Ragan, Grant Steine, Sam Leske, Jason Schwab, David Lilly, Casey Gilbert, Eric Schneider, Bryan Bjork, Anthony Slack, Asst. Coach Max Malmquist ’12, and Head Coach Mike Middleton. Back row – Asst. Coach Skylar Schulz ’10, Asst. Coach Jason Tompkins, Konnor Tranoris, Lucas Thompson, Zach Brown, Gabe Steinborn, Thomas Schleusener, Braden Schmid, and Zach Schmith.



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Men’s Soccer In its third year under the direction of head coach Mike Middleton, the Gustavus men’s soccer team regained the national stage after claiming MIAC regular season and playoff titles. Gustavus went 8–1–1 in league play to share the league title with Carleton. After defeating St. Thomas 1-0 in the opening round of the MIAC playoffs, Gustavus secured a place in the NCAA tournament by way of a thrilling 7–6 penalty-kick shootout victory after playing Carleton to a 0–0 tie in the MIAC playoff championship. In their first NCAA tournament showing since 2007, the Gusties saw their run come to an end against UW-Platteville in the first round. After 110 minutes of scoreless soccer, the Pioneers bested the Gusties 3–2 in the penalty shootout. Gustavus completed its 2012 campaign with an overall record of 15–2–3. Senior Lucas Thompson (Sioux Falls, S.D.), and sophomores Zach Brown (Eau Claire, Wis.), David Lilly (Maple Grove, Minn.), and Brett Ylonen (Lake Elmo, Minn.) all earned spots on the all-conference and NSCAA All-Region teams following the season. Thompson was named the NSCAA/ Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men’s All-America Third Team and Men’s All-America Second Team, while Ylonen earned a spot on the All-America Third Team. Women’s Soccer Under the direction of first-year head coach Laura Burnett-Kurie, the Gustavus women’s soccer team went 6–11–0 overall and 3–8–0 in the MIAC for an 11th-place finish in the league standings. Despite a finish in the bottom half of the MIAC, the Gusties showed a great deal of grit and fight in this transition year. Gustavus’s three conference wins came by way of one-goal victories while six of the team’s league losses were by just one goal.

The 2012 MIAC Champion Gustavus Adolphus College men’s golf team: from left, Asst. Coach Jordan Hawkinson ’08, Trevor Gervais, Coby Rowley, Alex Kolquist, Andrew Oakes, Tyler McMorrow, and Head Coach Scott Moe ’95. Men’s Golf The Gustavus men’s golf team used a steady and consistent regular season to set the tone for what would be a run to a league title at the 2012 MIAC championships. The Gusties fired an 885 (+21) to capture their 26th MIAC crown in program history. Senior Alex Kolquist (Hermantown, Minn.) stole the show with the most impressive individual showing in the seven-year history of the 54-hole format of the MIAC championships. Kolquist shot a nine-under-par 207, finishing six strokes ahead of the all-time MIAC record of 213 set by Tony Krogen of Saint John’s in 2009. His 54-hole total was also the lowest score recorded in the history of Gustavus men’s golf, topping the former record of 211 held by Tim DeJarlais in 1990. Juniors Andrew Oakes (Hermantown, Minn.) and Tyler McMorrow (St. Cloud, Minn.) tied for fourth (224, +8) and also earned All-MIAC honors. With the conference victory, Gustavus earns the MIAC’s automatic berth into the NCAA championships to be held later this spring. It was head coach Scott Moe’s seventh league title in his 17-year coaching tenure.

Women’s Golf After a regular-season schedule during which the Gustavus women’s golf team recorded four top-three finishes out of six tournaments, the Gusties concluded the year with a third-place showing at the 2012 MIAC championships. Despite leading after day one of the tournament, Gustavus couldn’t hold on, finishing with a three-day team total of 985 (+113)—19 shots behind champion St. Olaf. By virtue of a finish inside the top 10, three Gustavus golfers earned all-conference marks this year. Senior Kayleigh Dittes (Eden Prairie, Minn.) led the team with a 241 (+25) to finish sixth, while sophomore Sam Falk (Glenwood, Minn.) shot a 242 (+26) to place seventh and sophomore Liz Strom (Fargo, N.D.) rounded out the group in 10th after shooting a 246 (+30). With a third-place showing this season, the Gustavus women’s golf team has recorded a top-three finish at the MIAC championships for 17 straight seasons.

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Coach Koehler honored


retchen Koehler, Ed.D., professor emerita of health and exercise science and Gustavus Adolphus College’s first women’s tennis coach (1968– 1981), was honored on October 6, 2012, at a court-naming ceremony in the Swanson Tennis Center on the Gustavus campus. Tributes at the ceremony included remarks from Kathy Stark ’83, Mona Anderson Gerike ’82, Ben Lundell ’06, Tim Kennedy ’82, and Steve Wilkinson, former men’s tennis coach. Koehler and Wilkinson officially christened the Koehler Court using wooden rackets from the ’70s to hit a tennis ball back and forth. The Koehler Court is next to the Gibbs Court, which was named after Karen Gibbs, one of Gretchen’s players whose story of bravery in the face of terminal cancer has inspired both Gustavus

Fall sports continued from previous page Men’s Cross Country The Gustavus men’s cross country team recorded a 10th-place finish with 252 points at the 2012 MIAC championships. Sophomore Dillon Emo (Brookings, S.D.) led the Gusties for the second straight season, placing 41st overall with a time of 27:02.6. Senior Adam Lund (Burnsville, Minn.) also finished inside the top 50 with

varsity players and Tennis and Life campers. Koehler, who taught at the College from 1968 to 2004, won the 1999 National Pathfinder Award, given by the Association for Girls and Women in Sports. In 2005, she was inducted into the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a coach of four varsity sports: volleyball, tennis, basketball, and softball. In 2011, the State of Minnesota gave her a Special Merit Award for being a pioneer in women’s sports. As a collegiate tennis player at Winona State, Gretchen won the state tennis championship in 1965. As a Gustavus coach, she inspired women players when tennis was a club sport (1968–1973) and after it became an official intercollegiate sport (1974–1981). In her final year, the women’s team first attended a national tournament.

a 47th place mark in 27:11.4. The Gusties went on to the NCAA Central Region meet where they turned in a much-improved performance with a 15th-place showing out of 27 competing teams. Emo led the squad again, crossing the finish line in 60th with a time of 27:07.4. All four of Gustavus’s top four runners finished inside the 28th minute. Women’s Cross Country The women’s cross country team turned in what was the surprise performance of the fall for the Gustavus Athletics Department.

The 2012 MIAC Champion Gustavus Adolphus College women’s cross country team: Front row from left – Kayte Cole, Erica Hett, Jenny Hendricks, Beth Hauer, Kate Eggers, Caitlin Fermoyle, Rebecca Hare, Danielle Wittenberg, Sarah Johnson, Meredith Bache-Wiig, Caitlin Skvorc, Nora Christensen, and Marit Sonnesyn. Back row – Lyndsi Schwichtenberg, Marit Henckel, Penny Poeschl, Olivia Crane, Rachel Mohr, Sara Lundgren, Lauren Harden, Lauren Shurson, Abby Rothfusz, Mikaela Faust, Courtney Branch.



Coaching colleagues Steve Wilkinson and Gretchen Koehler christened the newly named Koehler Court.

After a superior top-to-bottom showing that saw four Gustie runners finish within the top 15 and earn all-conference honors, Gustavus captured its first MIAC cross country championship since 2003. Rebecca Hare (Jr., Albany, Minn.) led the way with a fourth-place finish (22:29.4), while Caitlin Fermoyle (Soph., Mendota Heights, Minn.) finished next in line in fifth (22.33.0). Kate Eggers (Sr., Montevideo, Minn.) placed 10th (22.56.6), and Beth Hauer (Sr., Little Falls, Minn.) took 12th (23.01.9) to round out the group. It was the first time in program history that four Gusties finished among the top 15 at the conference meet. Following the MIAC championships, head coach Dale Bahr was named the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year for the first time in his career. He is the second coach in the program’s history to be named Coachof-the-Year. The Gusties went on to finish fourth out of 28 teams at the NCAA Central Region Championships. By virtue of a finish inside the top 35, Hare (13th), Hauer (16th), Fermoyle (20th), and Eggers (21st) all earned All-Region honors, helping the Gusties to earn an at-large bid into the NCAA championships held in Terre Haute, Ind. Gustavus concluded its season with a 21st-place standing out of 32 teams at the national meet, the program’s best finish since placing 12th in 2003. n

Ethan Armstrong ’09 is has been sports information director at Gustavus since fall 2011.

Legacy Pergol gifts inspire a family of givers by Naomi Mortensen


t was a simple note, typed at the bottom of an alumni survey in 1975: “Thank you Gustavus for giving me the chance to go to college.” Angelo “Angie” Pergol ’41 was grateful for an education that had resulted in 35 years of teaching and coaching. Although he didn’t note it on the survey, he appreciated his college years for another reason. Her name was Blanche Isenberg ’41—a young woman he met during his sophomore year who later became his wife. When it came time for the Pergols to decide where to leave their legacy, they chose the place that brought them together. They wanted to help other young people achieve their dreams through a liberal arts education. “Blanche and Angie didn’t have children of their own, but they had many ‘kids’ through the students they taught,” says Bob Isenberg ’51, Blanche’s brother. “Angie received a scholarship to attend Gustavus, and it makes sense that their legacy would provide the same opportunity to others through the Angelo & Blanche Pergol Scholarship.” Their story is not so different from many alumni. But often it is extraordinary people who lead ordinary lives who make the greatest impact on this institution. They both grew up in Minnesota—Angie on the Iron Range and Blanche in Lafayette. According to Bob, Blanche attended Gustavus because of their family’s Swedish Lutheran background. However, Blanche didn’t take to the college right away. Within the first few months, she hitched a ride back to Lafayette with her pastor’s wife one evening and was determined not to return. Her father brought her back the next day and this time she stayed. Then along came a young man named Angelo who played on the Gustavus basketball team. Everything changed. After graduation, they wed secretly because married young women could not work as teachers at that time. Much of that first year was spent apart. Angie coached football and basketball at Lester Prairie, while Blanche taught English in Storden. World War II took the Pergols to San Francisco where Angie served in the U.S.

Coast Guard. After the war, they returned to Minnesota; both taught and Angie coached high school basketball in northern towns such as Osakis, Cloquet, Hibbing, and St. Cloud. The pinnacle of their careers came when Angie became the first athletics director of Apollo High School in St. Cloud and Blanche taught in nearby Sauk Rapids. The Pergols retired in Sauk Rapids in 1981 after 40 years of teaching and coaching. Throughout much of their lives, Angie and Blanche supported Gustavus with donations to the annual fund and athletics. In the late nineties they met with Bruce

Blanche and Angie Pergol were married secretly in 1941.

to use toward their education, with the remainder going to the College. “It’s one of the smartest things we’ve ever done,” says Bob regarding the flip CRUT, which was established through the gift of farm land. They have yet to determine if they would like to restrict the remainder of the trust for a specific purpose. In the meantime they are enjoying retirement right up the road from campus. Bob notes that one of the biggest reasons they decided to move to St. Peter is the College. “We go to athletic contests and music

Bob Isenberg helped his sister, Blanche, celebrate her 90th birthday at Linnaeus Arboretum in 2008.

Gray ’61, who helped them leave a lasting mark on the College and its students. The first gift provided the championship banners in Lund Center. Then the Pergol scholarship was established after Angie’s death in 1999. The scholarship has since grown with Blanche’s passing in 2011. Today, their names live on through the students who receive the same opportunity to attend Gustavus. Their generosity has also inspired other family members to choose Gustavus for their philanthropy. Bob Isenberg and his wife, Leona (Onie), have worked with the Gustavus advancement staff to set up a flip charitable remainder unitrust (CRUT). The CRUT will provide their grandchildren with money

events and enjoy volunteering at Linnaeus Arboretum. I’ve even taken some classes,” says Bob. “There’s always something to satisfy our interests at Gustavus. ” And so the impact of a Gustavus education is realized. Scholarships provided long ago became two fulfilling careers built on teaching and learning that resulted in resources for future Gusties. It’s a cycle repeated often on the Hill thanks to the belief that the best way to make your life count is through the lives of others. n

Naomi Mortensen joined the institutional advancement staff in the fall of 2011 as donor relations associate.



Legacy Technology endowment helps provide seamless transition from office to classroom by Joe Tougas


t’s the difference between panic and presentation, between “I can’t work with this outdated computer anymore” and “You’re approved for a new laptop.” It’s an excellent example of how Campaign Gustavus is helping to make a positive impact on teaching and learning for Gustavus faculty today and into the future. Anonymous donors—described as entrepreneurs and parents of three Gustie alumni—have established a $2 million endowment for the College to use for technology renewal and replacement. This means a campus where all faculty laptops will work on all the equipment in all the classrooms, with nothing lost in translation because of obsolete software or incompatible operating systems. Key word: Seamless. “In the old days,” says Provost Mark Braun, “every classroom had a computer and the computer was in this big box and every computer was different. And they had both a PC and a Mac but who knew if all the software and hardware exactly corresponded so that stuff you did in your office would actually work in the classroom.” The solution, courtesy of the endowment, provides classrooms with wireless projectors that will work with the same computers faculty members use in their offices (and elsewhere) to create inclass presentations. “Eventually, every faculty member will be issued a laptop, and what works in their office will work in their classroom,” Braun says. “In terms of effective teaching and learning, we’re very excited about it.” It will be about three years before the endowment generates the estimated $100,000 annually for the College. When it kicks in, faculty will receive replacement



computers about every three years. The donors in the meantime have approved using a portion of the gift for faculty to get a head start on the process of streamlining the technology during the next two academic years. “Currently, some faculty members have machines that are five years old or even older, and in the technology sector, a lot can happen in five years,” says Faculty Associate of Technology Kyle Chambers, noting that iPhones are a relatively new technology. “This older equipment,” he says, “has caused usability, maintenance, and security problems on campus, all of which will be ameliorated by the replacement cycle.” Chambers also sees the loosening up of instructors via mobile technology as a gateway to innovation in the classroom. “Faculty members can develop new

assignments and discussion formats that take advantage of different classroom arrangements or locations outside of the classroom while maintaining access to the digital resources that they need for those activities,” Chambers says. Overall, this endowment will give Gustavus faculty a new sense of confidence in an area infamous for unpredictability. “This new endowment helps us to fulfill a vision,” Braun says. “There will be seamlessness between professors’ work in their offices—and then what takes place in the classroom.” n

Joe Tougas is the marketing director for the Mankato YMCA and a freelance writer. He resides in North Mankato.



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Donn and Donna Larson were asked to share about their cottage in Canada at Cloud Bay on the North Shore of Lake Superior. They have been part-timers there since 1969. Unlike many North Shore places, Cloud Bay is protected, so a boat can be docked there safely. Donn and Donna have used it as a base to cruise the lake, especially Isle Royale and the Canadian shore, which is more hospitable to boaters than the Minnesota coastline. They no longer have a cruising boat but still enjoy the fishing and picnicking along the shore, which is mostly undeveloped. Donn’s frequent articles in Lake Superior Magazine include one on Cloud Bay; you can read it at: http://www. Paul and Kiko Nakamura, Gardena, CA, report that Paul has been fishing several times this year. He is still working full time at Oriental Lutheran Church in Torrance, CA. Myrna Thorsell Wolf, Phoenix, AZ, writes, “Long time no see! Thanks for the good memories of 1947–50! My Gustie hubby (Ted ’50) has been gone for about 10 years now, but I wouldn’t have had him at all except for dear old GAC! Always a Gustavian, Myrna.” Louise Borg Bergmann, Oxnard, CA, substitutes on the organ or piano at various churches. She reads Gustavus’s “Reading in Common” books. Denny Lofstrom, Tanzania, writes, “During the next 14 months, Paula and I will be touring the U.S., Canada, and Alaska in our effort to raise funds for the first children’s hospital in Tanzania.” (At Zinga, north of Dar-es-Salaam.) n D  orothy Johnson Lutz (



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Bob Gamm, Circle Pines, is recovering from aorta aneurism surgery in February 2012. Happy to

s Class officers travel to Croatia and plan reunion Class of 1968 class officers Paula Navarro and Jana Sponberg are pictured in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where they discussed plans for their 45th anniversary reunion, May 31–June 1, 2013.

ALUMNI CONTENTS 33 Gustie Breakfasts 45 Alumni Association Awards 39 BSO/PASO Reunion 40  New “Passion for Lifelong Learning” Series

43 Weddings 43 Births 43 In Memoriam 47 Gustie Profile



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Christopher Rasmussen ’88, President Sara Tollefson Currell ’95, Vice President Randall Stuckey ’83, Executive Secretary Kelly Waldron ’84, Treasurer Jeff Heggedahl ’87, Past President & Ex-Officio Member, Board of Trustees Board Members Term expires Fall 2013 Catherine Asta ’75, Edina, MN Michael Dueber ’89, St. Paul, MN Luther Hagen ’88, Apple Valley, MN Derek Hansen ’94, Minnetonka, MN Gordon Mansergh ’84, Decatur, GA Jeffrey Marshall ’75, Houston, TX Kay Rethwill Moline ’56, St. Peter, MN Matthew Olson ’10, Minneapolis, MN Marisa Schloer ’09, Minneapolis, MN Term expires Fall 2014 Jean-Paul Bigirindavyi ’00, St. Louis Park, MN Jennifer Krempin Bridgman ’96, Alexandria, VA Adam Eckhardt ’08, Minneapolis, MN Violeta Hernández Espinosa ’07, Mexico City, Mexico Chris Rasmussen ’88, Berwyn Heights, MD Sharon Peterson Robinson ’64, Kasota, MN Kristin Johns Young ’86, The Woodlands, TX Term expires Fall 2015 Sandra Luedtke Buendorf ’62, St. Peter, MN Sara Tollefson Currell ’95, St. Paul, MN Ed Drenttel ’81, Inver Grove Heights, MN Keith Jackson ’88, Minneapolis, MN Jane Norman Leitzman ’69, St. Joseph, MN Brian Norelius ’96, Lindstrom, MN Paul Schiminsky ’93, Las Vegas, NV Scott Swanson ’85, Edina, MN Matt Wasson ’12, Minneapolis, MN emeritus James “Moose” Malmquist ’53, Scandia, MN

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say he is recovering nicely and can now play 18 holes of golf. His spouse, Marlys Setterholm Gamm, reports they had three children who attended Gustavus. Now a grandson is attending with a legacy scholarship, which is helpful and appreciated. Richard Bublitz, Woodland Hills, CA, wrote, “As a player on the 1952 championship football team, I traveled from California for the 50 Year Football Club event at Homecoming. It was great to see teammates after having been gone from the campus for almost 60 years. Along with others, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Smith ’51, who was also a wrestling teammate.” n Vic Carter (1954classofficers@gustavus. edu)


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We enjoyed a visit with Lars Lofgren, Stockholm, Sweden, at the Gustavus royal visit of Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Lars is the former director of both the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the Nordic Museum (both in Stockholm) and is Lord Chamberlain to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf. Lars provided much sage advice and encouragement throughout the planning of the exhibition of Swedish art in the Hillstrom Museum. Classmates are reminded of the 55th class reunion on May 31 and June 1. Send your news in now. n Carolyn Lund Sandvig (


Roy Harley, Red Wing, has been a frequent visitor to the campus. In June 2012, he was a presenter at the Augustana Heritage meeting on the history of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. He also visited when the King and Queen of Sweden were on campus. John Nelson and his wife, Mary, have lived in Estero, FL, since 2009. Elizabeth Johnson Dahl, Apple Valley, renewed her driver’s license quickly after being diagnosed with macular degeneration. So far she gets along very well. Marilyn Espeseth Erickson, Le Sueur, stays very involved in her community with her thrift shop. She says they’ve returned $60,000 to the community from her sales. Carol


Johnson Heyl, Winona, went on a bare boat charter in the British Virgin Isles with Scott Griesman and his family in November. It wasn’t easy returning to Minnesota! Roxanne Rosendahl Steiner, Wayzata, left a message on Carol’s phone so we know she is alive and well. Marcia Hedberg Wallin, St. Paul, does a little substituting but also helps with some home health care. John Edman and Lillian Hanson Edman ’61 have retired to Sun City Hilton Head, Okatie, SC. They do have a summer home north of Bemidji. One of their sons is a lawyer with Medtronic in the Twin Cities while the other two children live in Massachusetts. Ann Hendrickson, Wauwatosa, WI, made 80 gingerbread men to mail throughout the country. She used the 12" cookie cutter made by her grandfather. Her 12-yearold granddaughter has been invited to play her cello with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony. Ted and Janet Sommers Chell, Winnipeg, moved to Canada 50 years ago to begin a new mission church for the LCA and never came back to the states. Their grandchildren, ages 3 to 28, all live within four miles of them. Roger Anderson, Bloomington, is an insurance agent with a variety of insurance products. He and Norma Urbach Anderson ’60 have been married 52 years and have three children and eight grandchildren. Dennis Anderson, Omaha, NE, has picked up painting but claims he gets more on his shirt than the canvas. Dennis remains very involved in the church at many levels. Larry and Deone Nordquist Cartford, Wautoma, WI, keep busy. Larry is an artist with many pictures for sale cheaply. Deone does her putters and water aerobics. They spent Christmas with their daughters and grandchildren. Harvey Kienholz, Fridley, claims to just be growing old. He has one granddaughter attending Winona State majoring in elementary and special education, which puts her on the five-year program. Rad Reither, Neillsville, WI, is happily retired from teaching. He still goes to northern Minnesota to see family twice a year. His 4 children and 28 grandchildren are scattered around the Midwest. n Carol Johnson Heyl (1959classofficers@ Byron Helgeson, Vero Beach. FL,

works for Disney World as 60 still senior vacation club guide, though he says he may hang it up before too long. David Wold, who has lived in Sweden for 35 years, is owner of a publishing company that does translating from Swedish to English and vice versa. He and his wife, Inger, have traveled a lot in the last year— Paris, Berlin, Italy, Wittenberg—and also did


extensive cycling, over 3,800 miles, in Europe and in California. We were sorry to learn that his brother, Peter ’62, died this past year. n P  aul Tidemann (1960classofficers@


Probably the largest group of ’61 Gusties on the Hill in 2012 at one time were the attendees at the December 1 Christmas in Christ Chapel. Classmates spotted were Elsa Cornell, St. Peter; Rev. Jerry (’59) and Joan Miller Hoffman, Minneapolis; Stu Johnson, St. Peter; Roger ’60 and Nita Swanson Anderson, Roseville; Jo Larson Karvonen, St. Paul; Darlene Koch, St. Louis Park (the widow of the Rev. Ron Koch); Dr. Arne and Miriam Lind Lagus, St. Croix Falls, WI; Ralph and Marlys (Schneider ’63) Swenson, Hudson, WI; and Sid and Virgene Grack Sehlin, Golden Valley. Certainly there were additional ’61ers whom we missed in the large crowd. The Rev. Jerry (’59) and Joan Miller Hoffman, Minneapolis, traveled in the Northeastern states and Quebec, Canada, during the beautiful time of autumn leaf change. While in the East, they were able to visit Sam ’62 and Phyllis (Miller ’63) Forsythe, Joan’s sister, in Alton Bay, NH. In 2011, Jerry was honored to receive the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations Service Award. Carol Olson Heath, Minneapolis, has become a great grandmother for the second time. Ron and Nancy Langness, Hudson, WI, have a granddaughter who is currently attending Gustavus. They enjoy coming to campus for activities in which she participates. Dale and Barb Knutson Richter, Rochester, are spending their first winter as snow birds in Arizona. For their 50th anniversary they took their three sons, wives, and grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise. During that cruise, they toured Juneau with Peter and Julie Nelson Neyhart, who reside there. Annual Fund Chair Stu Johnson is tracking our progress in this year’s fundraising effort. He notes, “Alumni are the best givers to dear old GAC.” The Class of ’61 has a solid reputation as faithful supporters and, again, we need your help. “How, you ask? Simply write a check for the Gustavus Annual Fund, or the Class of ’61 Scholarship Endowment, give some shares of stock, start your own endowment, give to your favorite athletic team, to your favorite department at GAC. How about a piece of property? Use your imagination.” Gustavus appreciates your gifts! Our class officer roster has increased with the addition of Bruce Warner as our class president. Welcome aboard, Bruce! We need a recruitment chair who will coordinate class efforts to identify qualified


Senior Gustie Manfred is world traveler

In September 2012, Miram Peterson Manfred ’39, Minneapolis, MN, at the age of 95, visited her daughter, Carol Manfred Sack ’72, and Utako Kawano Takamatsu (Gustavus student 1973– 75) at the Sack home in Tokyo, Japan. Sack organized and conducts a school for training harp and voice for terminally ill patients. Manfred was featured in an article titled “Good Neighbors” posted October 29 on the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation’s website. The article told the story of the Augustana Apartments becoming an intergenerational living environment for University of Minnesota medical students and senior citizens. The article may be found at http:// news/bulletin/2012/goodneighbors.html.

Friest donates quilt

Ardene Friest ’43, Rockford, IL, a longtime Swedish American volunteer who has contributed nearly 14,700 hours of service, donated along with another quilter a unique quilt to the Swedish American Center for Women in Rockford. Featuring a “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” pattern, the quilt includes flower elements that Friest began piecing in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In addition to many hours of volunteer service, Friest, a retired nurse, has made many contributions to the health care field over the years.

Drache receives UND honorary doctorate

Hiram Drache ’47, Fargo, ND, received an honorary doctorate from the University of North Dakota at commencement ceremonies December 14. Through a half-century of scholarship and teaching, Drache has contributed significantly to the historical record of agriculture and entrepreneurism in the Red River Valley. He continues as an author and a Historian in Residence at Concordia College in Moorhead, where he retired after 37 years on the faculty. Drache joined the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as the lead navigator in a B-17 bomber squadron, completing 32 combat missions. After graduating from Gustavus in 1947, he earned a master’s degree in economic history from the University of Minnesota, and his doctorate in geography and history from UND. He taught business law and social studies at his high school alma mater in Owatonna, MN, from 1950 to 1952, when he joined the history faculty of Concordia College. Drache’s dissertation was published in 1964 and became his first book. That first book was followed by 14 more books, contributions to another seven, and more than 50 articles. He has also delivered more than 1,100 speeches in 36 states, 6 Canadian provinces, and in Germany, Norway, and Australia. Drache is acknowledged as one of the premier interpreters of the history and economy of the Red River Valley.



young people to become Gustie students and for classmates to become mentors to current Gustavus students. Elsa Cornell, vice president/reunion chair, is still out there to identify prospective classmates to help keep us together and in support of “Go Gusties Go.” n V  irgene Grack Sehlin (1961classofficers@


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Marcia Day Anderson has decided to build a new house in Kenya, where she has been a missionary for years. She will have the proverbial “farm” in Africa. Gary and Mary Ann


Karen Hallberg Olson, Wyoming, enjoyed a vacation in Sweden and Norway with her new husband, John. Curtis Wohlberg, White Bear Lake, is a self-employed tax preparer. Charlene Lundahl Norris, Fairmont, is enjoying retirement, gathering with her nursing classmates, and her 11 grandchildren. Jerry Rice, Edina, is CFO of MediStar Inc. Randy Crooks, Deerwood, is retired after 34 years at Andersen Corp., living the good life on Agate Lake, and spending winters at various places where it is warm. Richard Strand, Bloomington, is a self-employed orthopedic surgeon. Judy Oltman Clark, Charlotte, NC, teaches ESL to adults and has been doing so since retirement. Karen Rickert Brunberg, White Bear Lake, volunteers with HealthEast Hospice at The Pillars, Joseph’s Coat, and

Gustavus Passion for Lifelong Learning: A semi-annual series

An Evening of Poetry with Joyce Sutphen, professor of English This spring the Offices of the Provost and Alumni Relations are introducing a continuing education series titled “Gustavus Passion for Lifelong Learning.” Join us on Thursday, March 14, at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis for the inaugural event of the series—an evening of poetry with Joyce Sutphen, professor of English at Gustavus. Dr. Sutphen, who has taught at the College for 20 years and is the poet laureate for the State of Minnesota, will address “how poems—those little printed shapes on a page—can matter.” Come and discover (or be reminded) how poetry can teach us to slow down and love the moments and particulars of the world. Join us for a reception of wine, coffee, and appetizers at 6:30 p.m. with presentation at 7:30 p.m. Registration is requested online at The cost is $10 per person. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 800-487-8437.  The next event of the series is scheduled for November 19, 2013, and will feature Gustavus alumnus David Jones ’83 presenting on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

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Carlson Anderson, Hugo, MN, took a threeweek driving trip through Poland and the Czech Republic. Tom Lindell, Tucson, AZ, still enjoys printmaking and instructing in printmaking at the The Drawing Studio and does a number of speaking engagements on the interface between science and theology. Fred Thunhorst, Ely, is retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Area Wildlife after 33+ years.



Habitat for Humanity. Mary Bradford Ivey, Sarasota, FL, is an author and consultant. Claudia Hayden Schroeder, Flagstaff, AZ, volunteers, entertains, and makes ceramic trucks, crows, and whimsy items sold in galleries locally. John Tammi, Holland, MI, is currently on sabbatical leave investigating approaches to doing bilingual theater. His plan is to finally retire May 2014. Naomi Lineer Dorau, South St. Paul, is

enjoying retirement and her grandchildren. Kent Nakamuru, Kealakekua, HI, plans on retiring at the end of the year. Larry Hedlin, West Des Moines, IA, retired after selling his company, Hedlin Ag. Enterprises, in 2001. He serves on two corporate boards and the Des Moines Symphony Foundation Board. Sandy Beehrle Ahlstrom, Shorewood, just added a third grandchild. She not only has grandmother duties but does extensive gardening including rain gardens in the Twin Cities and the major Powderhorn Park project in Minneapolis. Carole Rosenkrans Zacher, Eden Prairie, is fully retired from her nursing career. Becky Anderson Lindblad, San Clemente, CA, now has a full “social lesson plan” rather than a teaching plan. She writes a monthly recipe column and volunteers in her grandchildren’s schools and for a charity group called the Beach Angels. They took a cruise to Hawaii over Thanksgiving. Howie Lee, Camarillo, CA, is a retired mathematics teacher and tends a grove of avocado trees. David Toft is enjoying retirement in La Jolla, CA. Carolyn Webster, La Mirada, CA, is a “retired” mathematics teacher but continues to supervise student teachers. She will miss the reunion because of a trip to Turkey. Don’t forget that the dates for the reunion are Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1. Commencement is on Sunday and we are invited to stay for that as well. Also, let’s all step forward as a class to make a strong gift to our alma mater. Maybe we can even set a record for a 50th year class both in attendance and in gifts given! n Gary Anderson (1963classofficers@ You may be reading this with the promise of spring out your window, but as I write we are celebrating the holidays at Gustavus with a glorious Christmas in Christ Chapel, honoring 50 years of worship in what President Jack Ohle called our “shining cathedral at the edge of the prairie.” The architect of that beautiful and unique structure was here for the milestone event. This year also marked the 40th Christmas in Christ Chapel. Minnesota composers and arrangers were featured, including our own Jane Chelgren McFadden, who arranged a bell choir rendition of a traditional Danish hymn. We dined on herring, lutefisk, fruit soup, and Swedish sausage after crowning a lovely new Lucia, not named Anderson, Olson, or Peterson, but Ektnitphong. We have a wonderful Gustavus family that embraces diversity. Valerie Donner Schler and her husband have stayed in one place after arriving at an idyllic spot on a lake in Spicer, MN, in 1996. They are close enough to the Cities



to enjoy their first grandchild, Leo. They are looking forward to spending time in Naples, FL, with Leo and his family, including his other grandparents. Valerie’s son is in Alaska, which means they will be planning a trip to that beautiful state. Valerie spent much of her career teaching preschool and early childhood and family education. She now teaches piano four days a week to 25 students. Valerie is an active yoga participant and credits it with teaching her to live in the moment. Noel Ostrom Whited is a native Floridian now residing in West Palm Beach. She learned of Gustavus from her Miami pastor, Howard Lindstrom, father of Carol Lindstrom Luedtke ’66 and Nancy Lindstrom Johnson ’61. Thrilled by the prospect of snow, she came and indeed experienced snow. Noel left Gustavus to put her husband through college, but she treasures her times and friends from Wahlstrom Hall. After years in management in the Postal Service she now relishes the time she has to play tennis. In addition she joined a croquet club. A devoted Swede, she is a member of the Vasa Order and has visited the homeland four times. Her Swedish heritage has been traced back to the year 974. She visited a cousin 50 miles from the Arctic Circle, ancestral home to some of her Swedish family. In fact we owe the safety of our college’s namesake to one of her ancestors who was a tutor of Gustav Adolph, and as the story goes, saved him from being kidnapped by the Danes. Noel has two daughters who also live in Florida. Steve Lindberg is lucky enough to live nestled in the mountains surrounding Estes Park, CO. Although admittedly his wife, Judy, may have a bit of a yearning for the city, he loves the magnificent vistas out his windows. He retired from Amoco in 1995, left Chicago and his chemistry background behind, and formed a construction company. When I talked to him in December he had been officially retired from that venture for four whole days. A forest fire had been burning three miles from his home for a couple of months. They had gone through pre-evacuation but had not yet had to leave their home. Steve’s sons inherited the chemistry gene: one is a chemical engineer and the other a grad student in chemistry. He has two grandchildren, 8 and 6. This is Steve and Judy’s year to visit family around the country at Christmas. This will include a stop in Scandia to see his brother and his mom, a sprightly centenarian. The nurses of our class have a special bond and they get together regularly for milestone events and whenever someone comes back to Minnesota. Six of the Minnesota nurses get together monthly.

Karyl Krantz Blair, Payson, AZ, assembled the following information for me after I was told she was their “scribe” and in large degree responsible for keeping them in touch. Previous to Ed ’62 and Karyl’s move to Arizona in 2002, Karyl was a public health nurse for the state of Illinois and for Anoka County and a school nurse in Annandale. She has worked part-time in Minnesota and Arizona for developmentally disabled children and adults. Currently she has a small Healing Touch practice which includes volunteering at a program for combat veterans who have PTSD. Many miles separate Karyl and Ed from their two children and three grandchildren, who live in Denver and San Francisco. In September, fifteen nurses from the class of ’64 gathered at a large house in Door County for a 70th birthday party, some arriving from neighboring states, others flying in from Virginia, Indiana, Oregon, and Arizona. The actual birthday dinner was held at Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant where the goats still dine on the grassy roof. They took some time to explore the beautiful peninsula jutting into Lake

Sisters travel to Island of Elba

The Lind sisters traveled to the Island of Elba, off the coast of Tuscany, Italy, last November and displayed their Gustavus tote bags. Pictured left is Miriam Lind Lagus ’61, Saint Croix Falls, WI; at right is her sister, Reet Lind Henze ’62, Huntsville, AL.

s 2012 Bob Krough Invitational The annual Bob Krough Invitational golf tournament was celebrated again in 2012 at Pokegama Country Club in Grand Rapids, MN. Bob Olson ’58 earned medalist honors followed by Jim Donicht ’61 and Byron Helgeson ’60, both fresh off the Disney Senior Tour. Holding the Pritchard Cup is Ellen Liebe ’13 of Grand Rapids, who continues to coordinate the annual event. Pictured from left are Byron Helgeson ’60, Chuck Smith ’59, Jim Krough ’61, Jim Donicht ’60, Ellen Liebe ’13, Bob Krough ’60, Jerry Thrall ’60, Bob Olson ’58, and Doug Pritchard ’59. Missing from the photo is Arlan Burmeister ’60, who was negotiating a higher handicap with tournament officials.



Michigan and peruse the antique shops, but the best part was sharing memories, photos, and health challenges as they reunited 48 years after their graduation. Carla Johnson Stoneberg, prepared two presentations for the group, one took them on a journey with Harriet Tubman as they pretended to crawl through tunnels using the Underground Railroad to escape slavery, and the other was about a Christmas Kindness Open House that she and Ted ’62 hosted last year as a teaching tool for their four grandsons and neighborhood children to emphasize doing kindness for others. The Stonebergs moved to Indianapolis after retirement to be close to their daughters and grandchildren. The majority of Carla’s career was in a hospitalbased home care program and hospice in Anderson, IN. She also worked for the Denver Visiting Nurse Service, taught public health courses at North Park College in Chicago, and helped promote primary health care programs in rural Kenya. Sharron Anderson Erickson also made a presentation to her assembled classmate about a recent trip to the Sami lands above the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia. She had photos, textiles, and stories of the people who herd the reindeer. During this trip Sharron also visited her ancestral family farms in Norway and Sweden. Sharron now lives in Plymouth after many years in St. Cloud where she and her late husband, Stephen, raised their three sons. She was

Errata While we were identifying the members of the 50th anniversary Class of 1962 for the group photos that appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of the Quarterly (p. 49), we managed not only to misspell Judy Giese’s last name but also to give her a new maiden name! We had her in the second row of the top photo as “Judith Bloomer Geise.” It should have read “Judy Loomer Giese.” The fall issue of the Quarterly also erroneously reported (p. 32) that Dan Johnson ’64 had moved to Oaxaca, Mexico. He remains in Tijuana. Finally, the Class of ’75 notes in the fall issue led off with Chris Anderson, Shoreview, as a family practice physician (p. 35) but dropped several words from the remainder of the note, thus failing to credit his wife, Barb Johnson Anderson, as the part-time grade school music teacher and music therapist. Our apologies to all.



a nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and St. Cloud Hospital, and for 25 years worked for the Veterans Administration, her last three years of service there as network coordinator for mental health. In addition to travel, Sharron’s avocations are genealogy, collecting antique dishes, linens, and vintage children’s books, and reading non-fiction history and poetry. Because one of her grandsons has a diagnosis of autism, research and education on autism has become a personal priority for her. Her sons’ families all live in the Minneapolis area, making it easy for her to be an active grandmother to four grandchildren and participate in family gatherings. Helen Marie Hesli Jacobson, Cambridge and Apache Junction, AZ, often travels with her husband, Jake, throughout the U.S. on his over-the-road trucking business. Helen lived on Summit Ave. in St. Paul for many years and worked for 20 years as a public health nurse in the Twin Cities area, developing a special understanding of people living with HIV/AIDS when that was a new nursing challenge. A major priority for Helen Marie and Jake is keeping up with 14 grandchildren. Helen Marie was a Wahlstrom sectionmate of mine and I’ve been waiting to ask her, “Is purple still your favorite color?” I’m afraid I’ve used up more than my allotted space and will have to ask you to tune in next Quarterly for the continuation of the lives of these interesting and accomplished women on General Hospital GAC Style, as well as the Days of Our Lives featuring other interesting people from the Class of 1964. n Sharon Peterson Robinson (


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Benay Borene Jaeger and her husband, Rick ’68, are both retired from the Montevideo Public Schools. They spend summers at their home on Lake Amelia near Glenwood and winters at their home in Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ. This was their ninth winter in Arizona and they are active in their church there. They attended the 45th class of 1967 reunion, had a great time and described “a real nice turnout.” Conley Davis, Phoenix, AZ, retired in March. Susan Erickson Dobbelstein, Bemidji, and Marcia Sylte Belisle, Burnsville, renewed a lefse-making day tradition they had established back in the 1970s and ’80s (before Susan moved


out of the Twin Cities area) at Marcia’s home. They cooked 10 pounds of potatoes and made 48 rounds of lefse. The next day they traveled to Gustavus and attended the Festival of St. Lucia in Christ Chapel and the Swedish smörgåsbord following the chapel service. Susan’s daughter, Annalise, who is a junior at Gustavus, joined them. It was a beautiful festival, wonderful food, and friendly people! n M  arcia Sylte Belisle (1967classofficers@ No news to report at this time. Remember our 45th Class Reunion is coming up on May 31–June 1, 2013. Reservation forms will be coming out in April. n Paula Navarro (1968classofficers@



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We have just one piece of news to share: Jim Kunelius, Waterville, MN is a facility planner at R.R. Donnelley. Please remember to send any and ALL updates on family, retirement/ work, vacations, Gustie get-togethers, etc. so we can continue to stay connected. n Rita Ferguson Maehling, Chris Mathieu (


Reed Bible, Plainfield, IL, is retired from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as from his position as a private consultant with HSI in Washington, DC. He is in the process of opening a small immigration/naturalization and family law practice. Reed recently was elected to the county board of Will County, the fastest growing county in Illinois. Karen Sundal Hardy, Austin, recently married Ralph Bartz and promotes local food production and consumption. Kristin Peterson, Duluth, recently performed with her husband in the chorus of the Lyric Opera of the North’s December production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Ron Rude, Tucson, AZ, has written a book titled (RE) considering Christianity: An Expedition of Faith Joining Science, Ancient Wisdom and Sustainability (Beaver’s Pond Press, 2012). The book is for non-Christians who may be considering Christianity for the first time, especially those coming from a science background. Information about the book can be found at Ron has served as Lutheran campus pastor at the University of Arizona since 2001. Mark Wainio, Albuquerque, NM, has been married to Monica for 32 years. He retired after 33 years in the insurance industry.



Mark and Monica enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren at their cabin in northern Minnesota. n P  hil Richardson (1975classofficers@


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Hello classmates. I hope you are all well! It has recently been brought to my attention that our 35th Homecoming/Reunion weekend has been changed to September 27–29, 2013. The preparations for our reunion festivities have already begun but it is not too late to volunteer to become involved. At this time the reunion committee consists of me, Jane Gosselin Phillips, Jenni Knoll NorlinWeaver, and Marcia Christianson O’Brien. We welcome your input! Class News: Carolyn Russell Grand, Toronto, Ontario, writes, “Nice to hear from a name I recognize!” Her three girls are almost grown. The eldest is employed at MacLaren Momentum Marketing, the middle daughter is attending Laurier University completing her master’s in kinesiology and motor cognition, and her youngest is at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Carolyn is painting figurative work in Toronto, Muskoka, and Naples. Pauline Donner Bangma, Mora, is director of special education at Rum River Special Education Cooperative. Jon Hachfeld, Shoreview, is a certified financial planner with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Jon Bakken, Waterville, is following another Gustie, Jeff Weiland ’89, as president of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association. Dave Pfeiffer, Waukesha, WI, is a semiretired teacher and assistant football coach at Arrowhead High School. Neal Scharmer, Cedar Rapids, IA, is vice president and general counsel at United Fire and Casualty Company. Scott Swanson, St. Paul, is director of academic achievement at the University of St. Thomas. Dave Anderson, Lake Elmo, is president of G. Anderson and Associates, Inc. David Johnson, St. Petersburg, FL, is director of corporate development at JABIL Corporation. Jane Gosselin Phillips, Shorewood, is self-employed with the Kelly Phillips Foundation. Jenni Knoll Norlin-Weaver, Minneapolis, retired from the Edina School District in June to join Data Recognition Corp., Maple Grove, as the senior director of education marketing and strategic solutions. In that role she is engaged

Gathering of Wahlstrom Hall sectionmates

First-year sectionmates from Wahlstrom Hall Section 401 gathered twice in 2012 after not gathering in more than 50 years. The group met last May on campus at the 50th anniversary of their graduation and again in October in Charleston, SC. Pictured from left immediately below are 1962 classmates Vail Peterson Parsons, Marian Peterson Swanson, Sandra Johnson Deegan, Janyce Helgeson Olson, Joan Eckberg, and Annette Hoffman Olson. They were amazed that they were all at the reunion, and that they still recognized each other! The second photo taken in Charleston, SC, includes Sandra Johnson Deegan, Janyce Helgeson Olson, Vail Peterson Parsons, Anne Peterson Sorensen, and Elly Johnson Sorensen. This group of five had their first reunion two years ago in Fredericksburg, VA, and had such fun that they decided to do it every two years as long as they are able.


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Several Gustavus Class of 1963 nurses gathered for their annual luncheon on October 15. Pictured from left are Char Lundahl Norris, Sharon Shaver Pinney, Carolyn Helgeson Liebenow, Rose Omodt Jost, and Chris Swenson Wilmot.



with their work in customized large scale assessment design and deployment, online learning and assessment systems, and transitions to the Common Core State Standards with state departments of education. Keep the news coming! n Nancy Erickson Withers (


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Classmates must be busy doing the same old “stuff” right now because we haven’t received news from anyone. One highlight is that people are starting to follow the GUSTAVUS CLASS OF 1981 on Facebook, and we encourage you to join our group, post, comment, and spread your news. In November a mini reunion was held at the American Swedish Institute including a tour, conversation, and the opportunity to check out the new building. (awesome!) Mini reunions are popping up— watch for a multi-class gathering sometime in 2013. One that is being considered is a multi-class curling event. Follow us on Facebook for updates of mini-reunion events. n Lori Rutter Anderson, Linda Norman Reding (


s Gusties and friends Shannon Shawbold Foster ’65, Connie Bohn Edwards ’68, and DeeDee Heino Lorentzen ’64 meet some new friends on the streets of Lyon, France. The three enjoyed an October cruise up the Rhone River from Avignon, France, to Lyon (including Provence, Burgandy, wine and olives . . . ).

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A group of nurses from the Class of 1964 gathered in September to celebrate their 70th birthdays. Pictured front row from left are Joyce Wallinder Johnson, Lois Hoernemann Banke, Sue Hansen Rohloff, Diane Kvols Schweizer, Karyl Krantz Blair, and Delores Bade Alt. Back row: Carolyn Kruger, Helen Hesli Jacobson, Carol Woods Blaeser, Carla Johnson Stoneberg, Joan Carlstrom Morehouse, Linda Neumann Meyer, Barb Nelson Kroll, Sharron AndersonErickson, and Jan Hetland Nernes.





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Uwe Kausch is the marketing and international sales manager at Northshore Manufacturing in Two Harbors. n C  arole Arwidson (1984classofficers@


Eric S. Peterson is an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. Rick Straka was featured in the cover story of the September 2012 issue of MN Valley Business titled “Government Stimulus: Public spending has broad effects on area’s economy.” Rick is the vice president of finance and administration at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He noted that the last formal economic impact study done in 2007 estimated MSU’s impact at $307 million and that that figure is probably about $400 million now. Our class needs YOU! In September 2011, a class officer program was established to serve the needs of the College and its alumni for the coming years. Our class needs this large but workable corps of volunteers. Please consider taking one of the leadership positions for our class. Please contact Randall Stuckey ’83 ( in the Alumni Relations Office if you have questions about any of the class officer positions. n S  usan Johnson Chwalek (

Twin Cities and St. Peter Gustie Breakfasts Join other Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus—a great way to meet and network with Gusties in the Twin Cities and St. Peter. The St. Peter group will meet the second Wednesday on campus; the Twin Cities Breakfasts have a new location at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and will start at 7:30 a.m.


Dianne Olson, Watertown, MA, is traveling to Budapest and Prague. Sheila McNellis Asato ’82 and Kari Anderson Miyano enjoyed a chance meeting when Sheila visited Osaka, Japan, last September. These two Gusties first met in Fukuoka, Japan, 15 years earlier at a convention for AFWJ—The Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese. n S  ara B. Hansen (1986classofficers@



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Jackie Sell Larson, Walker, and her husband Tom, enjoy traveling throughout northern Minnesota selling concessions at special events through Tommy’s Treats and Eats. Pam

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

St. Peter area Gustie Breakfasts

American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN

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7:30 a.m. breakfast, 8 a.m. program $10 per person Call Alumni Relations at 800-487-8437

7:30 a.m. breakfast, 8 a.m. program $8 per person; $15 per couple Call Institutional Advancement at 507-933-7512

Third Wednesday of each month

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March 20, 2013  Scott Bur, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

March 13, 2013  Scott Bur, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry

April 17, 2013 Scott Moe ’95, head men’s and women’s golf coach

April 10, 2013  Scott Moe ’95, head men’s and women’s golf coach

May 15, 2013 Tim Kennedy ’82, vice president for marketing and communication

May 8, 2013 Tim Kennedy ’82, vice president for marketing and communication

June 19, 2013 Bruce Gray ’61, retired administrator, author of Black and Bold, a history of African American students at the College

June 12, 2013 Bruce Gray ’61, retired administrator, author of Black and Bold, a history of African American students at the College


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



Eickhoff Ristau, Preston, is a CPA. Kris Grove Teich, Lakeville, is director, regulatory affairs, at Medtronic. David Pieper, Caledonia, is a self-employed financial adviser with Mutual of Omaha. Kendall Boline Fenstra, Willmar, is a chiropractor at Boline Fenstra Chiropractic. Joy Zielske McElroy, St. Paul, is a volunteer coordinator at Christ Lutheran Church. n K  aari Olson Frondal (1988classofficers@


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Diana Jensen Cramer, Spokane, WA, recently completed her JD, graduating last May from Gonzaga University School of Law. Congratulations, Diana! Barbara Eckstein, Tucson, AZ, is in her second year teaching at Villa Oasis Alternative High School in Eloy, AZ. Barbara is a reading specialist at the school. Heidi Kennedy Manning, professor of physics at


Innovative Practice Award in October. The award is given biannually by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, for contributions in innovative applications of dynamic systems, measurement, or control in engineering practice. Tony is a senior technical leader at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. For more information regarding the award, visit http://mne.psu. edu/dscc2012/Conference-Awards.html. n Liesl Batz (1990classofficers@gustavus. edu)


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Happy 2013 to the Class of 1993! You may have noticed that we have not had notes in the last few issues. We are still looking for a few people to head up our class. One easy way to get started is by helping to plan our 20th reunion, to be held Sept. 28, 2013, in St. Peter. We would love to have had Anderson ’08 was in a Starbuck’s in everyone help us out. Please Eden Prairie wearing a Gustie hat when Jim e-mail us or find us on the Rothschiller, a gift planner in the College’s instiGustavus website at gustavus. edu/alumni/class/1993/. For tutional advancement area, approached him and those of you on Facebook, we asked if he had attended Gustavus. Chad told have started our own class page Jim that he was a 2008 grad; they chatted for five minutes and then parted ways. home.php#!/ Chad picks up the story: “The next day I was groups/461550127218322/. at home up in Brainerd, when I heard my dad Looking forward to a great [Mark Anderson ’68] say on the phone, ‘Sounds reunion year! good, Jim. See you in a couple of weeks.’ After Erin Braegelman Trobec, he ended his call I asked my dad who was on the Lino Lakes, is an occupational phone and he responded, ‘Jim Roth-something, therapist at Presbyterian Homes and Services. Jen down at Gustavus.’ Buckman Frandsal, Lakeville, “I immediately grabbed his phone and called is a senior product analyst at the number back. When Jim picked up I asked RBC. Rachael Pinski Doudtrick, him, ‘Were you in a Starbuck’s yesterday in Eden Altadena, CA, is department Prairie? Well, I’m the guy you met there, and you chair, Young Musicians Program, just got off the phone with my dad!’ at Pasadena Conservatory of “Jim and I have become friends since then, Music. Boni Olsen Berndt, Eden and what a great first-meeting story we have!” Prairie, is employed at Best Buy Co. Jennifer McHenry, Iowa City, IA, is an athletic trainer at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, is Iowa City Community School District. n Paul Schiminsky (1993classofficers@ helping to test “Curiosity,” one of 10 instruments aboard the Mars Science; class officers needed) Laboratory which landed on Mars August 6. Manning is working with the Goddard Send class news to Space Center in Washington, DC, to help analyze data from molecules on the planet’s surface. Tony Phillips, Northville, MI, received the Charles Stark Draper


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Beth Wiberg Barbosa, Dave Berg, Karen Boschee Chenvert, and Sara Tollefson Currell would like to announce and welcome Joe Gaugler as the newest member of the 1995 class officers. As for class news, here is what is happening: At the next class gathering or for our 20th reunion, Todd Andrix is going to supply the beer, as he took second place overall in the Steele County Fair the past two years. When Todd is not brewing beer, he is busy serving on the Education Minnesota Governing Board and as president of his local education association. As if that is not enough, he is coaching ninth-grade baseball in Owatonna. Whew, just writing this makes me tired. Greta Johnson Petrich, Osakis, is the director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Osakis. Greta is also a buyer for Brenton Engineering in Alexandria. More career news: Heather Teune Wigdahl has accepted a call as senior pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI. Congratulations, Heather! If anyone is passing through Menomonie on a Sunday, I encourage you to visit her new church. Some family news: Kari Kruel Smith and her husband welcomed their adopted daughter, Calista Esther Smith, born September 18, 2012. Congratulations, Kari! And, there is love in the air. Reggie Thomas proposed to his fiancée (Mechelle Ferguson) on top of the Eiffel Tower in September 2012, and the wedding is on May 4, 2013. We are so happy for you, Reggie! For fun, Beth Wiberg Barbosa ran two half marathons in August 2012. The second race occurred in Quebec City and she ran it with her law office colleagues. I know there are more classmates that are doing a lot of interesting things. Please share them with me either by posting them to our Class of 1995 Facebook page or e-mailing them to n Beth Wiberg Barbosa (



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Stephen Bryden, Fort Wayne, IN, is teaching pre-K at Whitney Young Early Childhood Center and raising a 15-month-old ginger-haired son, Arthur. Jill Budach Bergman is a pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in Crystal. Jeff Gustafson, Anoka, is a pastor at Northgate Church. Joleen Hubbard, Rochester, is an assistant professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic. Joel Jensen, Minneapolis, teaches philosophy at North Hennepin




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Vanja Duric, Urbandale, IA, is assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology at Des Moines University in Des Moines, IA. Callista Brown Isabelle is the college chaplain at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA. Callista was previously an associate university chaplain at Yale University. Nick and Sara Windschitl welcomed twin girls, Bryn Reegan and Nora Ella on 8/6/12. Although born prematurely, both girls were discharged from the hospital just in time to celebrate their first Thanksgiving at home. The Minneapolis Star Tribune featured a delightful story of the Windschitls on the front page of the Thanksgiving paper. You can follow the Windschitl blog (which is VERY entertaining!) at http://thetwinschitls. Karrin Daniels and Erin M. Schadt ’99 ran the Stockholm Jubileums Marathon on July 14. n N  issa Stolp Fell (2000classofficers@


Rogosheskes complete Appalachian Trail

Phil ’66 and Val Rogosheske, St. Cloud, MN, are pictured on top of Mt. Katahdin in northern Maine, the official end of the 2,300 mile Appalachian Trail, which passes through 14 states. To complete their hike of the entire trail, they have hiked about 500 miles per year for four years. (They would have finished a year earlier, but Hurricane Irene knocked them off the trail while they were in Vermont, so they completed the final 100-mile wilderness of Maine this past fall.) The Rogosheskes carried a Gustie sign to the top of that final milehigh mountain.


Neal Boeder, Stillwater, is an academic physician at the University of Minnesota. (He thanks his general chemistry lab partners Hal and Adam for completing lab notes during Eppie rush.) Joe Thompson, Chicago, IL, is employed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Anna Nelson, Shakopee, is employed at North American Communications Resource, Inc. n H  al DeLaRosby (2001classofficers@


Class of 1966 luncheon

Several women from the Class of 1966 in the Twin Cities area gathered for a luncheon last October at the Nicollet Island Inn. Pictured front row from left are Vicki Nelson Johnson, Ada Karlsson Kirscher, Gracia Luhmann Hegener, Mary Strand Slinde, and Trudy Enlund Johnson. Second row: Jean Levander King and Margaret Raedeke Holste. Third row: Barbara Amundson Whiting, Susan Tillman Hallin, and Susan England Hendrickson. Back row: Kay Olson Erickson, Jo Henke Henriksen, Loel Johnson Kuehne, Luanne Nelson Bachman, and Catherine Anderson Schoonover. In attendance but missing from the photo were Donna Gabbert Beck, Diane Hayenga Foote, and Joyce Harrington Hegstrom.


Community College. His book, There Exists an X, X Is a Sandwich, was published this year. Noah Rouen, Minneapolis, is president of the Rouen Group. Jim and Amber Shockey Nurmi, West Linn, OR, have had an eventful last year. Jim became a full time professor at Clackamas Community College in the Engineering Department in September of 2011. Amber moved her business, Healthy Pet West Linn, to a new location. Travis Sletta, Winona, is choral director at Winona High School. Teresa Staats, New Providence, NJ, is the assistant volleyball coach at Caldwell College in Caldwell, NJ. n K  ari Binning, Martha Malinski (

Bully book

Psychotherapist and author Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson ’69, along with her husband, Dr. Edward E. Gustavson, and her son, Kent Gustavson, Ph.D., have written a book on bullying that can be used for both the bully and the bullied. The book, Bully! The Big Book about Bullies and the Bullied, includes whimsical drawings throughout and writing prompts on nearly every page. It is an easy-to-use book that is appropriate for every classroom from elementary through high school, and for discussion groups everywhere. The book is great for parents, teachers, mentors, and, most importantly, for children and teenagers. Bully! is a book that helps victimized and bullied children and teens as well as their tormentors.



Fenske named Surgeon of the Year


Neil Fenske ’69, Tampa, FL, professor and chairman of the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery in the University of South Florida’s Health Morsani College of Medicine, was named Surgeon of the Year, a prestigious award given by the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgeons. The award was presented by a former graduate of the USF Dermatology Residency Program, Davis Harvey, MD. Fenske founded the USF Dermatology Residency Program in 1980. Fenske was named in 2008 as one of Women’s Health magazine’s Top 17 dermatologists for women in the nation and has been widely recognized by his peers in America’s Top Doctors, America’s Top Cancer Doctors, America’s Best Doctors, and the Guide to America’s Top Physicians. He is a past president of five dermatology organizations and is president-elect for the Florida Society of Dermatologic Surgery and the Noah Worcester Dermatological Society.

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Robyn Hansen ’71, St. Paul, MN, a public finance and real estate attorney at Leonard, Street and Deinard, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Minnesota. Each year AFP honors individuals and groups who, through their hard work and dedication, have enhanced philanthropy, their communities, and the world. The Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser award is bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership as a volunteer for major fundraising projects for more than one nonprofit. In addition to her law practice, Hansen is currently serving as chair of the board of directors of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and as a board member of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. She also served for many years on the board of directors of Park Square Theatre and is an emerita member of the board of trustees of the Metropolitan State University Foundation.




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Jessi Lundquist Doty is a registered nurse at the University of North Dakota. Ann Svehla Sorenson, New Richland, is a project manager at Viracon, Inc. Katie Josephson Ploog, Mankato, is an office manager at Ploog Electric, Inc. Amanda Peterson Kolpin, Apple Valley, is a development coordinator at Partnership Academy. Anna Dove Toth, Mankato, is a geriatric nurse practitioner at Sterling Medical. Jane Loosbrock Cornell, St. Paul, is a high school science teacher in South St. Paul ISD #6. Rebecca Kaczrowski Sonnek, Waconia, is a school psychologist in the Waconia School District. Erica Lindroth, Silver Spring, MD, is a research entomologist with the U.S. Army. Nadine Lysiak, Jamaica Plain, MA, is a research associate at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Rebecca Anderson Campbell, St. Cloud, is a hospitalist at St. Cloud Hospital. Whitney Mathers Gray, Overland Park, KS, is manager of grants and special projects at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Jamie Timmers Campbell, Prior Lake, is an instructional coach at Bedcon Academy. Chris Wold, Roseville, is a vice president at Meridian Land Company. Jesse Pearson, Minneapolis, is a transportation data supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Andrew Hasty, Sauk Rapids, directs the Sauk Rapids High School Choir. Megan Backer Kelley, St. Paul, is an attorney at Nilan Johnson Lewis. Sarah Holm Pospisil, Laporte City, IA, is a fourthgrade teacher in the Union Community School District. Alanna Talty, Rego Park, NY, is a job captain at Gensler. Paul Sellers, Eagan, is an attorney for Hennepin County. Emileana McClish Graupmann, Northfield, is a teacher in the Northfield ISD #659. Michelle Welshons Traetow, Fairmont, is a first- and secondgrade teacher at Fairmont Elementary School. Andy Traetow, Fairmont, is a sixthgrade teacher at Fairmont Elementary School. Katie Hendrickson, North Mankato, is a financial aid assistant at South Central College. Kimberly Johnson, Anacortes, WA, is a reporter for the Anacortes American. Kelli Swanson Matzek, Hudson, WI, is an emergency management specialist at Washington County. Alicia Jacobs Osthus, Olivia, is a certified public accountant at Myslajek, Ltd. Chris Stavenger, West Fargo, ND, is a physician assistant at Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Cindy Miller Erkel, St. Peter, is a pharmacy operations supervisor at Shopko Pharmacy. Kari Vickerman Taintor, Minneapolis, is a customer operations manager at General


Mills. Lindsay Larson Abraham, St. Paul, is a lead legal editorial associate at Thomson Reuters. Katie Pelleymounter Carlson, Golden Valley, is an account manager at Wells Fargo Bank. Lindsey Price Hanson, Plymouth, is a senior HR generalist at CarVal Investors. Ben Spilseth, Minneapolis, is a radiology fellow at Mayo Clinic. Ryan Watkins, Otsego, is an insurance and risk management consultant at RJF. Cassandra Hoist Truelove, South Whitley, IN, is a youth minister at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Annie Potts Grimmius, Owatonna, is an operations manager at South Country Health Alliance. Jennifer Wood, Shakopee, is a special education paraprofessional in Hopkins ISD #270, the head synchronized swimming coach for Eden Prairie Schools, and the head coach for Minnesota Aquafins. Danielle Dryke, Minneapolis, is a senior research analyst at The Improve Group. Diana Hamilton, Eagan, is a youth law project attorney with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance. Amanda Mubarak, Cold Spring, is a senior business process analyst at United Health Group. Mary Panzer Gallus, Delano, is a science teacher at Eden Prairie ISD #272. Megan Anderson Dohm, St. Paul, is on the nursing faculty at Inver Hills Community College. Kali Ofstehage, Minnetonka, is manager of The Firm. Sam Henschen, Eden Prairie, is the scoreboard coordinator for the Minnesota Twins. Todd Hedberg, Plymouth, is a retail marketing manager at Starkey Laboratories. Abby Roessler Edgar, Farmington, is the head athletic trainer at St. Catherine University. Michelle Anderson Frazier, Roseville, is the program manager, infant adoption, for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. Dave Adolphson, St. Paul, is a solution architect at Capella University and principal trombone in the Rochester Symphony Orchestra. Jade Bakke Grabau, Preston, is the director of admissions at University of Minnesota–Rochester. Pam Mertens Shepley, Little Canada, is the health & wellness coach at Ways to Wellness. Katie Phillippe, Gilbert, AZ, is an occupational therapist at Reliant Rehabilitation. Jamie Lind MacFarlane, Two Harbors, owns Castle Haven, Inc., and Castle Danger Brewery. Nikki Lavin, Roseville, is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Jared Mays, Sioux Falls, SD, is an assistant professor at Augustana College. Megan Kromann Stangler, Deer River, is a certified pharmacy technician at Target. Alicia Lunde Newell, St. Peter, is a health educator at Park Nicollet Melrose Institute. Liz Barth, Eden Prairie, is an international tax accountant at Ernst and Young, LLP. Bethany Mueller, Seattle WA, is a mental health clinical social worker at Seattle VA

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Medical Center. Hans Sviggum, Rochester, is an anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic. Jaime Haugen Annis, Austin, is a marketing and communications coordinator at YMCA of Austin. Phil Bromeland, Shakopee, is a corporate services consultant at Fireman’s Fund. Anna Knoblauch Bromeland, Shakopee, is a registered occupational therapist at Aegis Therapies. Kristen Ransom Prescott, Rose Creek, is a second-grade teacher in Stewartville School District. Amanda Reiser Lillemoe, Bloomington, is a senior merchandising specialist, Jostens Marketing, for Jostens, Inc. Callie Ormesher Hall, Minneapolis, is a senior epic specialist at HealthPartners. Kasey Stecker Paulus, Minnetonka, is a clinical project director at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. Becca Boesen Anderson, Plymouth, is a development associate at The Family Partnership. Elizabeth Grant, Eden Prairie, is a project coordinator at NOVASPECT. Nicole Polanco Larson, Lakeville, is a patient care supervisor at St. Francis Regional Medical Center. Rachel Sherman Johnson is an English professor at Woosong University in South Korea. Danielle Cole Burnett, Coon Rapids, is employed at Independent Free Papers of America. Kelly Hedtke Brockpahler, Waconia, is marketing director at Normark Corporation-Rapala USA. Spencer Seamans, Maple Grove, is an attorney at Gurstel Chargo PA Allison Lindstrom, Burnsville, is a teacher in the Prior Lake–Savage Schools. Lauren O’Connor Dwyer, Maple Grove, is a human resource leader at Cargill, Inc. Courtney Kuehn, Minneapolis, is a consumer insights analyst at Best Buy Company. Stephanie Winter, Minneapolis, is an attorney at Schmidt Law Firm. Kara Nelson Birsnieks, Rockford, owns Kara Birznieks Agency Horace Mann Insurance. Becca Smith Darrow, St. Paul, is a project manager at SPS Commerce. Beth Jorgenson Gissibl, Wauwatosa, WI, is a RN–patient care services supervisor at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Matt Boeke, Detroit Lakes, is an assistant vice president of First Security Bank. Andy Odden founded a new hospitalist program at the Ann Arbor VA hospital, and currently serves as the section chief and medical director for the program. He is on faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School and leads the inpatient care coordinator program at the Ann Arbor VA. Christina Diller is a pediatrician at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, AK, with the U.S. Air Force. Josh Carter is the manager of branding and sports PR at Target. Ryan Hoag, Minneapolis, is a teaching artist at Upstream Arts. Dan Lindstrom, St. Paul, is an

inventory analyst at Bluestem Brands. Amy Travelers Insurance. Lane Cowger, Phoenix, Tillges Hejny, Charlotte, NC, is an office AZ, is a renewable energy project manager coordinator at Carolina Family Healthcare. at U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Beth Scott Witty, Duluth, is an attorney with Powers Bonniwell, Richfield, is a stay-atHanft Fride. Ambryn Melius, Seattle, WA, home mom. Nick Peterson, Riverside, CA, is a graduate thesis student. Sean Hosein, is a wildlife biologist with the California Faribault, is a manufacturing engineer Department of Fish and Game. Adam at Seagate Technology. Kimberly Morri Gartner, St. Louis Park, is a licensed marriage and family therapist at Cigna Behavioral Health, Inc. Caroline BrostSailer, Long Lake, Classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, and the 50 Year Club is a doctor of chiropractic at the Brost Clinic. Anna Felkey Lovas, Homecoming Weekend Minnetonka, is a Reunions for 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, clinical research and 2008 manager at Medtonic, Information will be included in class letters, postcards, and on the alumni website. If you wish to serve on your class reunion committee, contact the Office of Alumni Relations Inc. Angie at 800-487-8437 or Balm Ahlgren, Germantown, WI, is a clinical systems application coordinator, RN, at Community Nelson, Welch, is a social studies teacher Memorial Hospital. Beth Marican Watkins, at Red Wing High School. Rachel Lohn Otsego, is a client executive at RJF. Schuler, St. Paul, is a patient service Steph Hass Kirchmann, Minnetonka, specialist team lead at American Cancer is a chemist at Upsher-Smith. Jenny Society. Carla Bishop Froehle, Minneapolis, Lingle Beer, Golden, CO, is a director of is in medical sales at BD. Morgan Barkus, performance consulting at Education Minneapolis, is a therapist at Relate Partners, Inc. Kristen Rosborough Counseling Center. Kirsten Hall Juhl, Fargo, Schneider, Minneapolis, is a high school ND, is a physician at Sanford Health. Steph English teacher and varsity tennis coach Siekman Tuntland, Eden Prairie, is an at Shakopee Public Schools and Prior Lake assistant controller at MOCON, Inc. Schools. Allison Hawley March, Oakdale, Jared Phillips, St. Peter, is assistant is a managing editor at Rainbow Rumpus athletics director at Gustavus. Emily Gill, children’s magazine and works in Mendota Heights, is a freelance director. communications at the Minnesota Kim Lutz Boeder, Stillwater, is a senior Department of Health. Andy Meyer, manager, client services, at StayWell Health Delaware, OH, is an assistant professor of Management. Nick Lovas, Minnetonka, is a economics at Ohio Wesleyan University. teacher and coach in the Hopkins School Robbi Palombi Mondati, Duluth, is principal District. Valeria Bukstein Boller, Rogers, is at Cloquet Area Alternative Education a senior financial analyst at General Mills. Program and assistant principal at Cloquet Megan Trapp Henschen, Eden Prairie, Senior High. is a negotiations coordinator at Target Jill Batalden Hoehn, Plymouth, is an HR Corporation. Bethany Nass Olsen, Lonsdale, manager at Target. Erin Elling Peterson, is a third- and fourth-grade teacher in the Plymouth, is a nurse practitioner at Shakopee ISD #720. Kristen O’Connell, Minnesota Lung Center. Brock Peterson, Eagan, is dean of faculty–online division, Plymouth, is a commercial banker at US at Globe Education Network. Tom Hilden, Bank. Adam MacLeod-Roth, St. Paul, is Eden Prairie, is director at Aon Benfield. in product solutions at Travelers. Adam Nathan Kennedy, St. Paul, is an instructor Roberts, Richfield, is a business manager of music theory at Concordia University. at Anchor Iron Company. Katie Carver Brad Arndt, Minneapolis, is a sales manager Zabel, Shakopee, is self-employed with at Biomet Orthopedics. Lindsay Larson CPR Basics LLS. Laura Hickson Tarnowksi, Abraham changed jobs internally at Minneapolis, is a WC product reviewer at Thomson Reuters from being a lead legal

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Allison Cordie Thomas, Calais, VT, works for Vermont Fish and Wildlife. Renee Donahue Carlson, Minneapolis, gave an oral presentation in October in San Diego at the annual Infectious Disease Society Conference. The title of the presentation was “Neurocognitive Outcomes of Cryptococcal Meningitis in HIV–Infected Ugandans.” Christa Harrison Heupel, Bloomington, is employed with Target Corporation. Jared Lee, Monterey, CA, graduated from Penn State University in August 2012 with a Ph.D. in meteorology. He is working on a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Naval Postgraduate School. Jessica Prody, Canton, NY, is an assistant professor of performance and communication arts at St. Lawrence University. n E  lizabeth Zappetillo Lewis (



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let’s get started. Bethlehem 08 soLutheran Church in Ulen, MN, has

called Mike Rueckert to be their next pastor. He was ordained on October 20, 2012. Kelly Rozenboom Hagedorn, Houston, TX, is a radiology resident at the University of Texas–Houston. Julie Mahre Retka, Brooklyn Park, is a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Eric Miller is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, and this past August he published a scientific article on his thesis research. Joel Beachey, Bismark, ND, is a fulltime medical student at the University of North Dakota. Erin Dinsmore Beachey, is a graphic designer at Dakota Screen Arts. Amanda Varley, St. Paul, is an early childhood education specialist at the Minnesota Department of Education. Allyson Sheldrew Hammer, Minneapolis, is a risk management and policy specialist at



Allina Health. Kelly Taunton Sing, Pennock, is an oncology RN at Willmar Regional Cancer Center. Mark Stuckey, Clive, IA, is completing his fourth year of medical school at the University of Des Moines. Kate Thompson Hendrickson, Owatonna, is an operations specialist at South Country Health Alliance. Andrew Aplin, Minneapolis, is a collections supervisor at Green Tree Servicing. n Katelyn Nelson (2008classofficers@ Here are the exciting happenings on

end of the decade. We have 09 our plenty of classmates continuing

their education. Katie Halvorson is attending Creighton University. Alexandra Ehrich, Eden Prairie, is employed at Economic Club of Minnesota and is a graduate student at Concordia University. Hannah Wunsch was accepted and began a D.M.A. program in choral conducting and literature at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Kayla Ricksham is attending the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Christine Dornbusch writes, “I recently moved to Berlin, Germany, where I am living with a host family in exchange for teaching them English. I am also taking intensive German courses at a language school in Berlin. I have plans to travel throughout Europe over the next three months.” We have some job announcements as well. Shawn Syverson, Sioux Falls, SD, is a police officer with the Sioux Falls Police Department. Christine Wicker, New Hope, is a business process consultant in HR at Target. Kirsten Boeh, Milwaukee, WI, is an administrative assistant in the Department of Biology at Marquette University. Chris Caldwell, Rochester, is working at Weber Law, PLLC. The musical retelling of the Trojan War, TROY! A Musical, by Maggie K. Sotos was remounted in December. The

musical features fellow Gustavus alums Logan Martin ’06, Megan Bren ’08, Andrea Gullixson, Ben Kolis ’12, and Marissa Schon. Come on folks, let’s hear your news! Send it to us via e-mail at 2009classofficers@ n M  aggie Hedlund (2009classofficers@ Greetings, Class of 2010! Katie Cummings, Aitkin, works for K&JC stores as a financial assistant. Laura Mahowald, Glen Ullin, ND, is teaching K–12 instrumental and choral music. Matt Wood is in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua doing business development. TJ (Taylor) Ridley is in his third year of medical school at the University of Iowa and will be graduating in the spring of 2014. Kristen Weller is earning her MFA in costume technology at the University of Texas at Austin and will be studying abroad in Taiwan in the spring. Alan Woitas is teaching part time and is responsible for the duties of the activities director at New Ulm Cathedral High School. He is also helping coach the varsity boys basketball team and B-squad baseball team. Christina Lewis, Madison, WI, is working on a Ph.D. in medical physics and researching neural stem cell imaging using MRI and optical methods. Chelsie Deno is currently in the master of arts industrial organizational psychology program at Argosy University–Twin Cities. Alex Parker is a supply chain specialist at Xcel Energy. Jessica Moertel is a third-year student at Mayo Medical School. Drew Corbett is in his third year of graduate school. Mike ’09 and Kate Wiedman Klayum, Hallandale Beach, FL, are both in graduate school. Chris Vick finished his summer internship with the Philadelphia Phillies in their minor leagues as a strength and conditioning coach. He is hoping to go back again this coming summer. Kevin Matuseski



Gusties reunite in the Black Hills

Louise Larson Riddle ’73 and Deborah Jean Templin ’73 were dorm mates in the newly constructed Coed Dorm during their freshman year beginning in fall 1969. As sophomores they participated in Crisis Colony, an Urban Studies Program in Minneapolis, as part of the Higher Education Consortium. Each chose to spend her junior year abroad— Louise in Vienna and Debbie in England. On Easter break of 1971 they met in Toledo, Spain, to witness Easter brotherhoods gathering for their centuries-old solemn processions. The event was an eye-opener for the two Lutherans: The purple and red-hooded men carrying large candles and coming toward them in the narrow streets was attention-getting. On March 28, 2012, almost 40 years later, while on route to Spearfish Arts Center at Matthews Opera House for Templin’s production of Unsinkable Women, there was time for a reunion. At their home in Rapid City, SD, Louise and Larry Riddle hosted Templin and her assistant, Laura Krouch. Riddle and Templin are pictured at Mount Rushmore (the same day Michele Obama and her daughters visited the monument). s

Hann elected to lead Minnesota Senate Republicans

David Hann ’73, Eden Prairie, was elected in November to lead the minority Republican Party in the Minnesota Senate. Hann is currently serving his third term as a state senator representing Eden Prairie and Minnetonka. Senator Hann is chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and serves on the K–12 and Finance Committees as well as the Legislative Audit Commission. In his sophomore year at Gustavus, Hann chose to fulfill his duty by volunteering for service in the United States Army; he served one year in Vietnam and received the Army Commendation Medal. After graduating from Gustavus with a degree in religion he pursued a degree in theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Hann was a senior manager at E.A. Sween Co. (Deli Express) for 22 years, serving in several capacities including director of forecasting and logistics.


is teaching sixth grade in Barranquilla, Colombia, volunteering for Fundacion Pies Descalzos, finishing his master’s in education leadership, and studying French this summer in the south of France. Angela Koich is on her last semester at Georgia State University studying for her master’s degree in sports medicine. Laura Hillman is in her third year of teaching in Albert Lea. She is also assistant varsity coach for both girls soccer and girls hockey. Brian Curran is living in St. Paul with Dan Couillard and Eric Kunkel ’12. He works for Hertz Rent-ACar in Vadnais Heights. Katie DeSantis is working as the advocate with the Project Secure Program with PICA Head Start. She takes care of the homeless families on the north side of Minneapolis. She makes sure the kids get the health and dental care that they need as well as helping families with any resources that they need. Jennifer Halvorsen is in her final year of the physical therapist assistant program at St. Catherine University. She is an occupational health specialist at HealthFitness Corporation. In her free time she loves playing with and training her yellow Lab puppy. Kelley Nemec is working in Las Vegas for Merlin Entertainments in their marketing management program. She was one of 15 people among over 3,000 global applicants to make it into the program and has had quite an amazing experience. The 18-month program is set to finish in March, and will conclude with a job in management. Kelley has also had the opportunity to continue water-skiing for the U.S. Water Ski Team, and has traveled to China, Japan, the UK, and Lebanon just in the last year. She is hoping for more travels in 2013. Kelly Williamson Janisch, White Bear Lake, is an orthopedic nurse at Woodwinds Hospital. Troy French recently moved back to the United States and is a platoon leader in A Company, 1-16 IN, 1st

Zismer helps start Saudi MHA program

Last spring, Dan Zismer ’76, Ph.D. (third from left in front), director of the Master in Healthcare Administration program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, traveled to the King Fahad Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help launch an Executive Master of Health Administration (MHA) satellite program there— the first of its kind available in Saudi Arabia. The program was started with an initial class of 26 students from the KFMC working under the direction of Minnesota’s School of Public Health faculty and following the same curriculum as existing Executive MHA students at the university’s Twin Cities campus. Like the domestic Executive MHA program, the Saudi Arabia Executive MHA is designed for employed executives, physicians, and health care professionals. The program allows students to get a University of Minnesota MHA degree in 25 months. While the two institutions stand half a world apart, many of the challenges facing both countries are the same, from a growing private health insurance market to hospital competition and the need for a sufficient, dedicated primary care network. “Our full-time MHA program continues to rank second among all health management programs nationally,” Zismer says. “Sharing our expertise abroad was the perfect next step. Problems seen in other countries mimic those we see in our health care systems, and it’s important to learn from each other.” Leaders from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Division of Health Policy and Management hope this partnership is the first of many international satellite programs, to help ensure the global and local medical communities move forward together.




Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Alex Lair is currently working at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester as a financial representative. Alex started as an intern in HR in January 2011. He will start his MBA in January at Augsburg’s campus in Rochester. Maren O’Neill is currently teaching fourth grade at Kennedy Elementary School in Willmar. Kirstin Smedstad Branham, Eden Prairie, is a nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in a child and adolescent psychiatry unit. Jenna Rusnacko Johnson is a marketing coordinator at Northwestern Mutual. Kyle Goodfellow teaches a class of 21 undecided first- and second-year college students, advises

a board of international students with their events and programs, and is an academic adviser for undecided students at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Amara Berthelsen Mattingly teaches seventh-grade math at YES Prep 5th Ward, a low-income charter school in Houston. She’ll be chaperoning 60 seventh graders on an overnight trip to San Antonio and a college visit to Sam Houston University. She secretly wishes that she could take them to visit Gustavus, though. Brittani Matzke is in her third year teaching eighthgrade language arts and communications at Wayzata Central Middle School. Nicole Nelson received her master’s in food and

Schulstad co-authors Carver County history book

Lois Ziehl Schulstad ’77, Chanhassen, MN, has co-authored a book titled Carver County, chronicling the history of the Minnesota county through vintage photographs and captions. The book explores the unique history of Carver County, an agrarian county that boasts one of the richest farmlands in the state of Minnesota. Schulstad, a retired nurse, is a historical researcher with a focus on family history, and she and co-author and photographer Ruth Tremblay are members of the Minnesota and Carver County Historical Societies. Learn more at

1978 Mini-reunion


Friends from the Class of 1978 met in Eden Prairie, MN, for the first time in many years. Pictured from left are Mark “Buck” Rodgers, Sally LaMere Rodgers ’79, Ray Lewis, Mary Hassinger Retzlaff, Randy Reinke, and David Retzlaff.

Bjork receives HealthPartners community service award


Kevin Bjork ’79, Stillwater, a physician at Lakeview Health Systems, has received HealthPartners’ Wilbur Thomas Community Service Award for his volunteer work in Guatemala. HealthPartners presents the award—its most prestigious honor—annually to employees who go above and beyond to volunteer their time in the community. This past year, HealthPartners recognized seven individual awardees, two team awardees, and Bjork from among 12,000 employees. Every year, Bjork travels to Guatemala to perform medical procedures for those who might not otherwise have access to medical care. In 2005, a hurricane led to a mudslide that buried much of the village where the hospital was located and Bjork led the effort to build a new hospital. “I have been going to Guatemala on medical trips since 2001,” says Bjork, “and have taken a lot of students down, including more than 20 Gusties (mostly during J-Term). It’s been fun and rewarding.”



nutritional science from the University of Wisconsin–Stout in May 2012 and is a dietetic intern at Rochester-Mayo. Meghan Gehring is an academic tutor for the nursing program at St. Catherine University and will finish her nursing degree in May. Abbey Feenstra is teaching third grade at Riverside Elementary in her hometown of Sioux City, Iowa. “It’s exhausting but rewarding!” Sierra Krebsbach spent this past summer working as a tennis professional in North Oaks. After a summer of teaching tennis, she spent her fall traveling to Montana, Maine, California, and China. This winter she is spending her second consecutive winter in Alta, Utah, working at a local lodge and her parents’ restaurant, and of course skiing every single day. Mike Nesbit is the HR administrator for CPI Binani in Winona. He also spent the first two weeks of November in Australia. David Martinson is assistant coach of the Gustavus men’s hockey team. He coached and got his master’s in sport administration at Bowling Green State University in Ohio last year. Joe Welch has been working for Federated Insurance since graduation and has been a marketing representative for almost a year now. He purchased a condo in Uptown at the end of September, and he really loves it as he gets to see many fellow alums at the local bars. He’s also helping coach a bantam hockey team in Edina with other Gusties—Cody Mosbeck, Brad Wieck ’11, and Kevin Johnson ’09. Laurel Urquhart is getting her doctorate at St. Kate’s for physical therapy and is halfway through. Katelyn Johnson has been working as a healthcare analyst at Huron Consulting Group for two years in January and is excited to see where in the country she’ll be staffed in 2013. She spent the last two projects in Memphis, TN, and Loma Linda, CA. Keenie Halloran did a work-abroad program in New Zealand after graduation and had an amazing experience. Now she’s at grad school getting her master’s in secondary education for English and communication at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Katie Umenthum, Minneapolis, will finish her master’s of architecture in May. Derek Hilding is in his final year of law school at William Mitchell, and will begin a job at the Fabyanskie, Westra, Hart & Thompson law firm in 2013. Megan Thompson is in her second year of veterinary school at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Kayla Nelson began a pastoral internship at Prairie Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie in August. Cole and Mary Cunningham Carlson live in Chanhassen, MN. Cole graduated from University of

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Colorado–Boulder with a master of science degree in mechanical engineering in May, and works at Energy Management Solutions in Chanhassen. Mary is working at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as an event planner. Mark Scheer, St. Paul, works at Patrick Henry High School through AmeriCorps. Drew and Angel Matthes Yackel moved from St. Paul to Oro Valley, AZ, last month. Drew is completing his required yearlong internship at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Angel is working as a clinical instructor for Pima Medical Institute’s nursing program in Tucson. Sarah Preston, Apple Valley, works at Target. Chelsie Deno, Hopkins, is a student at Argosy University and works at Lifeworks Services. Kari Abott, Rochester, is employed at Mayo Clinic. Stephanie Kolstad, Oak Creek, WI, is employed at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Jennifer Forrest has completed a year of AmeriCorps in Minneapolis as a financial literacy coach and has relocated to Fairfax, VA, to continue her career with IT Company, CGI. Justin Martin, North Mankato, is employed at Hickory Tech and attends Minnesota State University, Mankato. Chenyu Vang is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in economics at University of Michigan. Amber Steffenhagen, Mankato, is employed by the Mankato School District. Claire Opsahl, Eagan, is a substitute teacher and hockey coach at Lakeville. Sam Paulson wrote, “I recently got a new job in a different division of John Deere. I transitioned from doing customer support for John Deere’s automated machine control and documentation systems to supporting dealers on issues with the Crop Care platform (self-propelled sprayers and tillage equipment). I moved from the AMS office in Urbandale, IA, to the Des Moines Works factory in Ankeny, IA” Jenny Story, Pillager, is employed at Pillager Elementary School. n J  ennifer Broman, Cathryn Nelson ( Erik Huemiller is in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign working as a research assistant and coaching Ultimate Frisbee. Natalie Oleson, Minneapolis, is completing a master of social work program at the St. Kates/St. Thomas. Alex Legeros, Edina, was recently promoted to executive assistant at The Musical Offering, a professional chamber music ensemble in the Twin Cities. In 2013, Alex will take a semester off his graduate studies in arts and cultural leadership at the University of Minnesota to complete basic training in Jackson, SC, and attend the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music in Virginia Beach,


VA, as part of his commitment to the U.S. rep for the Mayo Clinic Health System. Army Reserves as a bassoonist in the 451st Sean Skjerping, Minneapolis, is working Army Band stationed at Ft. Snelling. Ana at a supply chain management firm in Norell is attending Creighton University Minneapolis called SPS Commerce as an School of Medicine in Omaha, NE. Next integrated account analyst. He works with summer she will be going to Romania for a fellow 2011 graduates Chris Weins, Sean month on a mission trip with some Tessmer and Mike Hicks. Laura Jensen, classmates to volunteer in several free Northfield, is a public health nurse at Rice clinics and an orphanage. Emily Johnson County Public Health. Heather Dumke, just started a job at Mass General Hospital Durham, NC, is currently a senior direct as an RN on a Neuro Surgical unit. Wes and support coordinator of a retirement center Kristin Brown Jones live in sunny for individuals with physical and intellectual Pensacola, FL. When not at the beach, disabilities. Heather was recently visited by Kristin is a second-grade teacher and Wes is finishing Naval flight school to be a Coast Guard helicopter pilot. Rima Kharbush, Madison, an Wolf, father of Ben Wolf ’11, never exWI, is in vet school at UWpected to run into people he knew while in Madison. Tom Greiner, Portland, Ore., last May. As he tells it, “Attending Colorado Springs, CO, sells an athletic awards reception at Lewis and Clark business software and loves College in Portland, where my daughter Rachel the mountain life. Lindsay Sawatzky, St. Peter, is a was preparing to graduate last May, I spotted a technology specialist at familiar face. Gustavus physics professor Chuck Belle Plaine Public Schools Niederriter was in Portland for his son Joe’s supporting faculty and graduation from Lewis and Clark, in physics. I students in the district. Sara first met Chuck in St. Peter in May 2011, at comYungner, Minneapolis, is mencement—my son Ben was a physics student finishing her first semester of Chuck’s. Chuck had to hurry back from Portof medical school at the land, as Joe’s twin, I am told, graduated from University of Minnesota. Gustavus in May 2012, in English.” Denise Stein has been spending the semester deep in study at Arizona State University, working on an MFA in dance. Danika Anastasia ’12, who enjoyed exploring She teaches jazz dance and spends her Durham and the surrounding areas. Korrina free time dancing with friends like fellow Pope is working for Shiloh’s Hope, Inc., in Gustie Britta Peterson ’08. In October they St. Peter as the staff development director. went to a conference in Los Angeles where She does all new staff training for direct Denise presented a paper on myths about support professionals working in the seven cultural dance. Amy Hassenstab, Chaska, group homes that Shiloh’s Hope provides is a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital for people with mental disabilities. in the Cardiac ICU. Chaz Brown graduated Emily Wendorff is currently wrapping up with his M.A. in international studies from her full-time position as a rehabilitation aide Ohio University. He moved to Mexico to at Sholom Home in St. Paul and also making begin working as a language instructor at the final push through her first semester the Costa Grande Technological University in the master’s in occupational therapy in Petatlán, Mexico, St. Peter’s Sister City program at the University of Minnesota. and community partner. Rachel Hansen is doing great and enjoying Anna Ahlbrecht, Gibbon, is a life in the Twin Cities. She has been working paraprofessional in the GFW School as a chemist at Apex International for two District. She has her own photography years this February. Kyle Rains is a fullbusiness, Annie A. Photography & Design, time personal trainer at Lifetime Fitness in where she specializes in weddings, couples, Plymouth. Also, he moved into a townhome high school seniors, and families. Anna is in Plymouth with Kristin Kennedy, who one of the newest members of the Gibbon is working at Hennepin County Medical Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Center in the Surgical ICU as an RN. Lauren where she will be a firefighter and EMT. Johnson has been working in technical Radonna Griesman, St. Paul, completed support at R&D Systems, a cell biology her MBA with an emphasis in accounting. research company in Minneapolis, since Emma Strand, Minneapolis, is a business March 2012. She is currently taking a couple analyst at Target Corporation. Alayna of prerequisite courses and planning on Osborne, Mankato, is a home medical applying for physician assistant school this administrative assistant/customer service spring. Marnie Luke is currently teaching

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fifth grade at a charter school in St. Paul and getting ready to be the pool manager next summer at Woodhill Country Club. Nicole Kwapick is attending PA school at Butler University in Indiana. Andy Sharp, Mankato, is attending Minnesota State University, Mankato. At MSU, he is pursuing his licensure in health education/physical education/ developmental adaptive physical education and a master’s in teaching. He is studentteaching in the St. Peter Public School System. Katie Lowery is attending veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. Kayla Elbert Abell is working as a preschool teacher at Sonshine Preschool


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Frank Gamelin ’38 and Mary Kapple, 7/8/12, Chelan, WA. Karen Hallberg ’63 and John Olson, 8/20/11, Wyoming, MN. Duane Lindeen ’63 and Connie Lane, Burnsville, MN. Joanna Lundgren ’64 and John Engstrom ’62, 11/24/12, Hopkins, MN. Cheryl Downey ’66 and Professor Emeritus Larry Owen, 11/14/12, Santa Monica, CA

Black Student Organization and Pan African Student Organization


May 18


All past and present BSO and PASO members are invited to a reunion at Gustavus on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The day will include a featured keynote speaker, a student panel, lunch with Bruce ’61 and Sue Gray, breakout sessions including an optional tour of campus, a social, and the Diversity Awards Banquet with current students. The Diversity Awards Banquet is the culmination of Diversity Week on campus. Informal events will be scheduled Friday night, May 17, and Sunday morning, May 19, for those who may be traveling from long distances. Watch for more information in the mail, or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@ Be sure to “like” the Gustavus Diversity Center on Facebook.


in West Lafayette, IN, as well as a leasing specialist at the Cottages apartment complex. Laura Baden, Baxter, is employed at St. Cloud Centracare Hospital. Keisha Bates started a new job this September working as a research technician in Dr. Richard Huganir’s neuroscience research laboratory at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The area of research this lab focuses on is neuroreceptors and how they affect synaptic plasticity. “I am now living in Baltimore, MD, just down the street from another ’11 grad, Allie Stehlin.” Paige Hays, Hopkins, is an RN with a foot and ankle specialist. Andrew Setterholm is working for a newspaper in Pinedale, Wyoming, the Sublette Examiner. Lacey Squier is currently working as a graduate assistant in the Office of Campus Activities at Bowling Green State University. Kelly Myers Moyer, Arden Hills, attends Bethel Seminary. Trent Frisch, Wheaton, is attending the Northwestern Health Science University Chiropractic School. Rachel Hansen, Burnsville, is employed at Apex International. n H  aley Carpenter (2011classofficers@



Gary Krohg ’83 and Jeanette Young, 6/27/12, Bethlehem, PA. Jennifer Tibben ’92 and Sharon Hickox, Reno, NV. Amanda Marotz ’00 and John Roemer, 7/21/12, Elkhorn, NE. Sarah Fisher ’01 and Derik Otten, 10/6/12, Eden Prairie, MN. Jessie Wagner ’01 and Matthew Stanwix, 9/1/12, Henrico, VA. David Adolphson ’03 and Rachel Adolphson, 5/26/12, St. Paul, MN. Lane Cowger ’03 and Katherine Cowger, Phoenix, AZ. Lindsey Gillis ’03 and Brad Boser, 11/2/11, Vadnais Heights, MN. Andy Meyer ’03 and Erin Meyer, Delaware, OH. Kimberly Morri ’03 and Ken Gartner, 5/12/12, St. Louis Park, MN. Katie Phillippe ’03 and Dustin Deichert, 9/20/12, Gilbert, AZ. Kristen Rosborough ’03 and Mark Schneider, 11/5/11, Minneapolis, MN. Jennifer Krueger ’04 and Matt Buzzell, Minneapolis, MN. Stephanie Handahl ’05 and Ryan Benson, 9/22/12, Edina, MN.

Kaisa Anderson ’06 and Patrick Wieneke ’07, 10/20/12, Rochester, MN. Stefanie Arndt ’06 and Robert Sumner, 5/12/12, Hermantown, MN. Jamie Germscheid ’06 and Danielle Smith, 9/29/12, Eagan, MN. Carrie Joines ’06 and Philip Jenkins, 11/17/12, Phoenix, AZ. Erik Mestnik ’06 and Kathryn Heim, 9/22/12, St. Cloud, MN. Julie Wenaas ’06 and Steve Ringquist, 7/3/10, Grapevine, TX. Allison Wood ’06 and Lance Lundquist, 10/20/12, Norwood/Young America, MN. Melanie Baker ’07 and Eric Gunderson ’09, 6/2/12, St. Paul, MN. Scott Bean ’07 and Elena Bean, 8/26/12, Minneapolis, MN. Courtney Caswell ’07 and Lucas Mirera, 12/18/11, Minnetonka, MN. Kathryn Lindstrand ’07 and Adam Clark, 5/12/12, Minnetonka, MN. Justin McCluskey ’07 and Stephanie McCluskey, 8/7/11, St. Paul, MN. Kerry Zajicek ’07 and Abbie Zajicek, St. Louis Park, MN. Emily Buck ’08 and Jason Moe, Stacy, MN. Kelsie Droogsma ’08 and David Koppel ’09, 9/14/12, Columbus, OH. Anne Ellingson ’08 and Brett Scheetz, 10/13/12, Rochester, MN. Danielle Koopman ’08 and Lee Steinbock, 10/6/12, Shaker Heights, OH. Helena Meyer ’08 and Daniel Tengwall ’06, Minneapolis, MN. Ashley Millette ’08 and Matt Koller ‘08, 8/25/12, St. Louis Park, MN. Taylor Olson ’08 and Ted Norgaard, 1/8/12, Port St. Lucie, FL. Jeff Rock ’08 and Stacy Rock, 5/26/12, Eden Prairie, MN. Allyson Sheldrew ’08 and Bradley Hammer ’06, 8/18/12, Minneapolis, MN. Valerie Wilbur ’08 and Justin Boelter ’08, 8/11/12, Eagan, MN. Connor Ziegler ’08 and Michelle Wilczak, 10/13/12, Farmington, CT. Emily Bulling ’09 and Austen Bryan, 8/11/12, Albuquerque, NM. Chelsea Elliott ’09 and Riley Hoffman ’08, 10/8/11, Edina, MN. Kayla Flynn ’09 and Adam Butler ’08, 9/29/12, Hopkins, MN. Gretchen Libbey ’09 and Asitha Jayawardena ’09, 7/28/12, Iowa City, IA. Nicole Parris ’09 and Joshua Jacobs, 10/20/12, Casa Grande, AZ. Amanda Rezac ’09 and Adam Johnson ’08, 8/18/12, Northfield, MN. Kirsten Bouma ’10 and Amanda Schreiner ’10, 10/20/12, Coralville, IA. Chelsea Koepsell ’10 and David Mann ’10 , Yankton, SD. Kayla Nelson ’10 and Garrett Monson, Annandale, MN.

GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Jenna Rusnacko ’10 and Todd Johnson ’09, 10/6/12, St. Paul, MN. Kristin Smedstad ’10 and Stephen Branham, Eden Prairie, MN. Radonna Gasior ’11 and Andrew Griesman ’12 , 10/27/12, Burlington, WI. Wes Jones ’11 and Kristin Brown ’11, 9/8/12, Pensacola, FL. Kelly Myers ’11 and Drew Moyer, 10/27/12, Lakeville, MN. Allison Schulte ’11 and Ryan Michaelis ’10, 9/29/12, Mound, MN. Birgetta Martin ’12 and Stephen Noyes, 7/7/12, St. Louis Park, MN.


Greta, to Kim Anderson Pung ’92 and Willi Pung, 5/9/12. Isaac, to Erika Olson ’96 and Peter Eckman ’96, 10/17/12. Cordelia, to Heather Ford Autey ’97 and John Autey, 6/26/12. Emily, to Heather Moky Cordova ’97 and Scott Cordova, 1/4/12. Harvey, to Rob Mousel ’97 and Sara Williams. Sam, to Erika Burge Rudin ’97 and Howard Rudin, 2/16/12. Cecelia, to Becky Blanton ’98 and John Batek, 9/24/12. Jase, to Tennille Davis Haro ’98 and René Haro, 9/3/12. Connor, to Gwendolyn Kelly Kohnke ’98 and Matthew Kohnke, 7/30/11. James, to Jill Biesanz Monroe ’98 and Michael Monroe, 11/15/12. Eleanor, to Jessica Rolf Sheppard ’98 and Lee Sheppard, 5/24/12. Max, to Elizabeth Muske Sherva ’99 and Richard Sherva ’98, 6/7/12. Twins, Sage and Havilah, to Abby Nelson Andrusko ’00 and Marcus Andrusko, 12/13/11. Sophie, to Nikki Walbridge Arness ’00 and Mark Arness, 2/29/12. Twins, Edgar and Scarlett, to Katie Anderson Dade ’00 and Bryan Dade, 5/7/12. Cecilia, to Tom Walker ’00 and Mary Miheve Walker, 8/12/12. Twins, Bryn and Nora, to Nick Windschitl ’00 and Sara Windschitl, 8/6/12. Greta, to Brittany Meyer McFadden ’01 and Grant McFadden, 4/25/12. Oliver, to Sarah O’Donnell Meredith ’01 and Tim Meredith, 7/3/12. Annika, to Kelly Martin Schoenecker ’01 and Aaron Schoenecker, 8/29/12. Hudson, to Angela Muck Davis ’02 and Scott Davis ’02, 7/30/12. Casey, to Jenny Grabow Hummel ’02 and Hans Hummel, 4/20/12. Brecken, to Kendra Tersteeg Rebstock ’02 and Ryan Rebstock, 8/27/12.

2013 Alumni Association Awards

2013 awards announced; 2014 nominations encouraged The Alumni Board of Directors has selected award recipients for 2013 to be presented at the 2013 Alumni Banquet on June 1, 2013, 5 p.m. 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. Distinguished Alumni Citations recognize outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor. First Decade Awards recognize one male and one female from the 10th anniversary class for early professional achievement.

Greater Gustavus Award

Bruce ’61 and Susanne Gray, St. Peter, MN, for lifelong service and support of Gustavus, and the recruitment, support, and retention of African American students.

Distinguished Alumni Citations

Steve Andreasen ’84, Rochester, MN, lecturer, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and national security consultant to the Nuclear Threat Initiative and its Nuclear Security Project, Washington, D.C. Eric Butorac ’03, Cambridge, MA, professional tennis player and vice president of Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Players’ Council. Kay Nord Hunt ’77, St. Paul, MN, attorney, chair of Lommen Abdo Appellate Practice. Mary Bradford Ivey ’63, Sarasota, FL, vice president of Microtraining Associates; practitioner and author in the field of counseling.

First Decade Awards

Semonti Mustaphi Stephens ’03, Arlington, VA, deputy communications director for First Lady Michelle Obama, The White House. Hans Sviggum ’03, Rochester, MN, Mayo Clinic Scholar, Department of Anesthesiology, and instructor of anesthesiology, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester. A complete listing of awards, criteria, and past recipients can be reviewed at https:// Anyone can nominate potential award recipients. Nominations should be submitted by October 1. Benedict, to Cynthia Lee Adkins ’03 and Michael Adkins ’02, 12/24/11. Emmett, to Jenny Lingle Beer ’03 and Joseph Beer ’03, 3/29/12. Benjamin, to Kara Nelson Birznieks ’03 and Grant Birznieks, 7/31/12. Linnea, to Beth Powers Bonniwell ’03 and Ryan Bonniwell, 6/21/12.

Miles, to Lindsey Gillis Boser ’03 and Brad Boser, 1/14/12. Brianna, to Kelly Hedtke Brockpahler ’03 and Nate Brockpahler, 12/12/11. Hadley, to Jamie Timmers Campbell ’03 and Brian Campbell ’03, 8/4/11. Annika, to Becca Anderson Campbell ’03 and Colin Campbell, 7/17/12.




Altman named to 2012 Top Women in Finance

Charlene Ecklund Altman ’85, Eden Prairie, MN, was named among the 2012 Top Women in Finance as determined by Finance & Commerce, a Minneapolis-based daily business publication. The 12th annual “Top Women in Finance” award recognizes women across the state for outstanding achievements in finance and commerce. Altman is managing director, client advisory, for Ascent Private Capital Management, a division of the US Bank Wealth Management Group. As a 26-year US Bank veteran, she helps clients with $25 million or more in investable assets develop and implement comprehensive wealth management strategies tailored to their specific needs and objectives. Altman serves on the board of the YWCA of Minneapolis as chair of the finance and audit committee, is active within the community through US Bank with the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, in various mentoring programs, and as a highly visible leader of the annual US Bank United Way campaign. She holds an MBA in finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Elling performs at the Dakota


Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling ’89 performed two shows at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis last October, and a good number of Gustavus alumni and friends attended the performances and had an opportunity to visit with Elling after his second performance. On December 5, when the 55th annual Grammy nominations were announced in Nashville and Los Angeles, Elling was honored with his tenth Grammy nomination for 1619 Broadway – The Brill Building Project in the Best Jazz Vocal category. The 55th Grammy Awards ceremony was held February 10, 2013, and results were not yet announced as the Quarterly went to press. In 2010 Elling received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal for Dedicated to You. In 2012 Elling was recognized as Critics Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year; Readers Poll Winner: Male Vocalist of the Year; Jazz Journalists Association Male Singer of the Year; Scottish Jazz Awards: International Category; Silesian Jazz Festival, Poland: Jazz Ambassador; and ECHO Jazz, Germany, International Male Singer of the Year. Elling’s 2013 concert tour will include many shows domestically and internationally. Learn more at

Twins, Harper and Adelyn, to Amy Hiscock Daly ’03 and Mike Daly, 8/7/12. Eden, to Michelle Anderson Frazier ’03 and Michael Frazier, 7/20/11. Nora, to Carla Bishop Froehle ’03 and Luke Froehle, 2/11/12. Elsie, to Becca Harrington Groves ’03 and Rory Groves, 7/19/12. Evelyn, to Callie Ormesher Hall ’03 and Neil Hall, 2/25/12. Brady, to Jill Batalden Hoehn ’03 and Casey Hoehn ’04, 4/2/12. Soren, to Kirsten Hall Juhl ’03 and Johnathan Juhl ’02, 3/16/12. Elise, to Amanda Peterson Kolpin ’03 and Garrett Kolpin ’04, 5/11/12. Aviva, to Kelli Swanson Matzek ’03 and Doug Matzek, 5/16/12. Aurelia, to Jared Mays ’03 and Jennifer Mays, 4/27/11. William, to Andy Meyer ’03 and Erin Meyer, 7/12/12. Dominic, to Robbi Palombi Mondati ’03 and Jason Mondati, 3/31/12. Quinn, to Andy Odden ’03 and Jennifer Strahle, 10/23/12. Logan, to Alicia Jacobs Osthus ’03 and Thomas Osthus ’04, 2/12/11. Beckett, to Erin Elling Peterson ’03 and Brock Peterson ’03, 11/12/12. Jack, to Leslie Carlson Pietila ’03 and John Pietila, 3/27/12. Marek, to Sarah Holm Pospisil ’03 and Jared Pospisil, 9/18/12. Kellen, to Kristen Ransom Prescott ’03 and Chris Prescott, 1/8/12. Owen, to Leslie Wilcox Rosedahl ’03 and Dan Rosedahl, 10/18/12. Sophia, to Spencer Seamans ’03 and Jennifer Seamans, 8/22/12.

s Seattle chapter celebrates at Nordic Museum The Seattle chapter of the Gustavus Alumni Association met at the Nordic Heritage Museum for a Julefest on December 15. This was their third chapter event since August, when they had dinner and attended a Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners baseball game. In September, they also held a golf outing. Pictured from left are Michele Williams, Mitch Green ’00, Chris Holstrom ’00, Jana Dilley ’00, Mark Merz, Kari Petrasek Merz ’99, Cory Molzahn, Elizabeth Ackert ’01, Kristina Nordstrom ’93, Dick Williams ’55 (chapter president), Katherine Medbery-Oleson ’02, Ruby Monson Englund ’64, Karrin Daniels ’00, Erin Schadt ’99, Dennis Heaton ’06, Bethany Mueller ’03, Audrey Schenewerk ’07, Tim Oleson, and Rachel Mathison ’01.



GUSTAVUS ALUMNI Maria, to Pam Mertens Shepley ’03 and David Shepley ’02, 7/21/12. Elijah, to Rebecca Kaczrowski Sonnek ’03 and Matthew Sonnek, 10/6/11. Leo, to Megan Kromann Stangler ’03 and Leo Stangler, 11/15/11. Carter, to Chris Stavenger ’03 and Jamie Stavenger, 11/28/11. Lexie, to Kari Vickerman Taintor ’03 and Nickolas Taintor ’02, 7/10/12. Zane, to Laura Hickson Tarnowski ’03 and Paul Tarnowski. Emmett, to Michelle Welshons Traetow ’03 and Andy Traetow ’03, 3/11/12. Joseph, to Cassandra Holst Truelove ’03 and Jeremy Truelove, 9/21/11. Stella, to Steph Siekman Tuntland ’03 and Brock Tuntland, 4/15/11. Paxton, to Beth Marinac Watkins ’03 and Ryan Watkins ’03, 3/4/11. Samuel, to Scott Witty ’03 and Jessica Witty, 4/5/11. August, to Katie Carver Zabel ’03 and Jeremy Zabel ’01, 12/9/11. Kjersten, to Betsy Anderson ’04 and Charlie Anderson, 7/11/12. Miles, to Amy Koskela Gullikson ’04 and Brian Gullikson, 10/9/12. Sawyer, to Tai Thielke Moe ’04 and Brent Moe, 11/9/12. Abigail, to Erica Olson Schaps ’04 and David Schaps ’04, 10/20/12. Kaylin, to Jana Knutson Wold ’04 and Chris Wold ’03, 7/13/12. Twins, Elise and Annika, to Anders Haugen ’05 and Adriana Haugen, 10/2/12. Laura, to Heidi Johnson Selvog ’05 and Craig Selvog, 6/8/11. Evey, to Sam Engh Chadwick ’06 and Matthew Chadwick, 12/05/12. Calvin, to Laura MacPherson Hansen ’06 and Loren Hansen ’05, 9/26/12. Owen, to Ryan Henry ’07 and Ashley Culbertson Henry, 9/14/11. Gabrielle, to Lisa Hughes White ’07 and Neil White, 9/3/12. Bradley, to Kerry L. Zajicek ’07 and Abbie Zajicek, 10/14/11. Samuel, to Cassie Henke DeLaitsch ’08 and Brian DeLaitsch, 10/10/11. Stella, to Justine Moses Hawkinson ’08 and Jordan Hawkinson ’08, 11/5/11. Layla, to Sarah Duncan Heim ’08 and Peter Heim ’08, 10/9/12. Claire, to Katie Bruns Linden ’08 and Thomas Linden, 3/25/11. Lydia, to Kelly Taunton Sing ’08 and Travis Sing, 2/7/11. Giahnna, to Ashley Raymo Johnson ’09 and J.T. Johnson ’08, 9/25/12. Jack, to Laura Luce ’09 and Elliot Peterson ’09, 10/6/12. Twins, Henry and Eli, to Laura Humburg Rollins ’11 and Jay Rollins, 10/24/12.

in memoriam

Franklin Bens ’45, Birmingham, MI, on NoLeman Olsenius ’34, Shoreview, MN, on vember 5, 2012. A World War II veteran, October 6, 2012 at the age of 100. he worked as an insurance broker/agent He was a longtime ELCA pastor in for New York Life Insurance Company Galesburg, IL, and St. Paul, MN, and and is survived by two sons. is survived by his daughter, Donna Melva Lindstrand Jacobson ’46, Willmar, Hammer ’64, and son, Richard ’68. MN, on October, 10, 2012. She was coEdna Davidson Rognlie ’34, Crookston, owner with her husband of a John Deere MN, on November 10, 2012. She was a dealership in Willmar and worked in the bookkeeper for the Crookston Dental Clinic and is survived by three children. Eleanor Valberg Sandave Benson ’69 and Sue Brekke-Benson ’69 berg ’40, Meriden, were vacationing at Placencia, Belize, during the CT, on November spring of 2011. Most days they saw very few other 25, 2012. She taught tourists, due in perhaps to the downturn in the U.S. English and music in economy. As they took their morning walk one day, the public schools the streets seemed unusually deserted when a very of Fargo and East tall young man wearing a Twins cap approached Haven, ND, and Merthem from a distance. iden, and is survived by one son and two “We thought, ‘It looks like there are only three daughters. tourists in this entire town,’ Sue remembers, ‘and Theodore Kennedy ’41, we’re probably all from Minnesota.’ We hurried over Pendleton, OR, on to introduce ourselves. It didn’t take more than few October 10, 2012. A seconds before we realized that this guy was not former employee of only a fellow Minnesotan but also a fellow Gustie. In Northwest Airlines, he fact, he was Chad Haukoos ’94. We had known Chad owned and operated when we were still living in St. Peter years ago. Chad a travel business and and our son, Jesse, were in high school together. was survived by his Jesse and Chad went to Gustavus together too, and wife, Donna (Thro ’43; see below), two sons, both graduated in 1994. It turns out Chad, who is a and one daughter. pharmacist in Colorado, loves to deep-sea dive, and Donald Larson ’42, BraBelize is a diver’s paradise.” ham, MN, on November 20, 2012. A World War II veteran, he worked as general manager of Braham dealership’s office. She is survived by Monument Company and is survived by three children, including Bette Zaffke ’73, nieces and nephews. and sister Helen Neubarth ’51. Helen Suker Wheeler ’42, Wheaton, MN, Eugene A.D. Strinden ’46, Salem, OR, on on December 26, 2012. A former school November 24, 2012. He served as a ELCA teacher and community volunteer, she is pastor for various parishes in Minnesurvived by one daughter. sota and Oregon and is survived by two Donna Thro Kennedy ’43, Pendleton, OR, children. on December 17, 2012. She worked many [Correction] Ruth Aldys Holmes Hood years with her husband, Theodore ’41, in ’47, Dickinson, TX, on August 30, 2012. their travel business and is survived by She was a retired stewardess for United two sons and one daughter. Airlines and is survived by her husband, Lois Jahnke Klinksick ’43, Ashland, OH, on Joseph, two sons, one daughter, and September 30, 2012. She was a homebrother David Holmes ’53. maker and is survived by four children. Sidney Jarva ’47, Owatonna, MN, on OctoDelmar “Bub” Gilreath ’44, Winnebago, ber 23, 2012. A World War II veteran, he MN, on November 22, 2012. A World War worked as a high school music director II veteran, he worked for the Faribault at various schools, was an entertainer County Highway Department and is and instrumental technician, and is survived by his wife, Leora, and two sons survived by his wife, Alice, and three including Randy ’67. children. Marvin Wels ’44, New Ulm, MN, on NovemCharles Ayres ’48, Casper, WY, on November 17, 2012. A veteran of World War II, ber 10, 2012. A World War II veteran, he he owned and operated Marv’s Electric worked and was partner in the Ayres Service and is survived by his wife, Ruth, Jewelry Company and is survived by three sons, and a daughter. three children.

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Lester Carlson ’48, Waconia, MN, on August 15, 2012. A World War II veteran, he was an ELCA minister for parishes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa and is survived by two children including Steven ’73. James Pelzl ’48, Eau Claire, WI, on November 14, 2012. A retired veteran, he taught mathematics at various universities and is survived by his wife, Carla, four children, and three brothers including Charles ’50. Raymond Rasmussen ’48, Plymouth, MN, on March 13, 2012. A retired Army colonel, he taught mathematics at Wayzata High School and is survived by his wife, Marian. Candace Westberg Burns ’49, White Bear Lake, MN, on November 10, 2012. She was a farm wife, homemaker, and volunteer and is survived by four children. Ralph Belin ’50, Chaska, MN, on December 19, 2012. He was a retired Augustana Lutheran minister. He and his wife, Yvonne, served as co-class agents for the Gustavus Alumni Association for 29 years, 1973–75 and 1978–2003. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne (Anderson ’50), son Philip ’82, and two daughters, Kristine Cooper ’81 and Lisa Foecke ’84. Luther “Bill” Youngdahl ’50, Winston-Salem, NC, on August 15, 2012. He was a retired pastor who served many churches across the country and worked for civil rights. He is survived by three children. Jean Anderson Emerson ’51, Roseville, MN, on October 5, 2012. She worked at North Heights Lutheran Church and is survived by her husband, A. Palmer ’53, and three children. Haldo Norman ’52, Grandview, MO, on October 8, 2012. An Army veteran and member of the Gustavus Athletics Hall of Fame, he was retired as a traffic controller for Eureka Springs Transit Company and is survived by his wife, Jane (Nielsen ’53), and five daughters. Raymond Tow ’52, Fairmont, MN, on October 28, 2012. A decorated veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Martin County Conservation Club and the Fox Lake Conservation League and is survived by two brothers. Caryl Anderson DeYoung ’53, Shoreview, MN, on December 9, 2012. She was a homemaker and is survived by her husband, Ralph, and two children. Yvonne Flogstad Johnson ’54, Fridley, MN, on September 24, 2012. She was a homemaker and is survived by her husband, Floyd, four children, and her twin sister, Joan Jordahl ’54. Ossean Pierson ’54, Rolla, MO, on August 31, 2012. He was a Methodist pastor and an insurance agent and is survived by his wife, Jolene, and three children.



Harold “Pete” Northfield ’55, Northfield, MN, on December 11, 2012. He was owner of Northfield Company and is survived by his wife, Janet, and two daughters. Laila Malm ’55, Bloomington, MN, on January 29, 2012. She worked as a missionary teacher and social worker for the State of Illinois and is survived by one daughter. Ernest “Bob” Habicht ’56, Willmar, MN, on October 18, 2012. A Korean War veteran, he owned and operated Habicht’s Department Store. Joan Lindall ’56, Middletown, ME, on December 19, 2012. She was a retired social worker and is survived by three sons and sister Ramona Arehart ’51. James Johansen ’58, Anoka, MN, on October 11, 2012. He was former owner/ operator of Johansen Bus Service and is survived by his wife, Janis, and two daughters including Karin Brunn ’92. LeRoy Mueller ’58, Hendricks, MN, on December 8, 2012. He was a physician for more than 43 years in the rural Hendricks area and is survived by his wife, Gloria (Saffel ’63); four children including Brian ’87, Lisa Mindemann ’88, and Laura ’92; brother Marvin ’55; and three sisters, Arvilla Beckman ’59, Donna Renneke ’63, and Carolyn ’68. Kenneth Nelson ’58, Minnetonka, MN, on September 28, 2012. He was a former Wayzata West Junior High math teacher and is survived by his wife, Muriel, and three daughters. Lorna Chumley Berlin ’60, Buffalo, NY, on September 28, 2012. She was a former art teacher and a self-employed artist and is survived by her husband, Jacques, and two children. Diane Kolander Loomer ’62, Vancouver, BC, Canada, on December 10, 2012. She was founder and artistic director of famed Vancouver men’s choir Chor Leoni and co-founder of the Elektra Women’s Choir. She was recognized with a Gustavus Distinguished Alumni Citation in the field of music in 1997 and in May 2012 received an honorary doctorate from Gustavus. She is survived by her husband, Richard ’60, and one son. Bruce Anderson ’66, Minneapolis, MN, on September 23, 2012. He taught art, worked in the paint and wall covering industry, and co-hosted an interior design cable television program. He is survived by two children. Fred Holmquist ’66, Minnetonka, MN, on November 5, 2012. Retired from the men’s clothing business, he is survived by his wife, Georgia, one sister, and one brother. Kathleen Mayerle Edwards ’69, Babbit, MN, on October 24, 2012. She was an elementary school teacher and is survived by her husband, Jerry.

Nancy Frinkman ’76, Prior Lake, MN, on October 21, 2012. She worked for Dayton Hudson and Target Corporations in management and is survived by a sister. Cynthia Winters Erickson ’81, Maple Grove, MN, on May 23, 2012. She worked as an information technology manager for EV-3 and is survived by her husband and three children. Elizabeth LaRoque ’84, Rochester, MN, on December 4, 2012. She was an assistant county attorney for Olmsted County Attorney’s Office and is survived by her parents and one brother. Pamela Baxter Weber ’87, Issaquah, WA, on September 17, 2012. She was an active volunteer in spite of her medical challenges with diabetes and is survived by her husband, one son, and her mother, Pat Price Baxter ’53. Steven Butler ’88, St. James, MN, on November 10, 2012. He taught senior and junior high chemistry in New Ulm and is survived by his wife, Wendy (Lewis ’87), two children, and his parents including his mother, Barbara (Nordlund ’65). Drell Bernhardson, Eden Prairie, MN, on January 13, 2013. For over 68 years he served as an ELCA pastor. In 1999 he and his wife, Adeline, established the Bernhardson Distinguished Chair in Lutheran Studies at Gustavus, and in 2008 they both received honorary doctorates from Gustavus. He is survived by his wife, Adeline, sons Mark ’71, chair of the Gustavus Board of Trustees, John ’76, Paul ’81, five sisters, and two brothers. Philip Helland, Minneapolis, MN, on December 12, 2012. A former Gustavus Board of Trustee member, he was a decorated World War II veteran, former school superintendent, and the founding chancellor of the Minnesota Community College System. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Tolman ’49), and one son. Mary Lou Karp, St. Paul, MN, on June 25, 2012. She worked as the secretary for the Gustavus nursing program for many years when the nursing students were located at Mattson Hall on the Bethesda Hospital campus in St. Paul. She is survived by her seven children including Jeanne Oelfke ’80, Margaret Malaske ’83, Kathleen ’89, and Bonnie Amundson ’90. Marian “Merts” Vandenberg Pickett, Duluth, MN, on November 3, 2011. She was former associate dean of students at Gustavus (1968–1974) and is survived by one daughter. Lois Reineke, Mankato, MN, on October 15, 2012. She worked for 17 years in the Gustavus Food Service and is survived by her husband and four children.


Gustie Profile: A remarkable Gustie from another land by the Rev. Paul A. Tidemann ’60


started at Gustavus as a freshman in 1956. The student body I joined was all white as far as I could tell, the usual gathering of young people of northern European heritage. Having had some experience with persons of other races and cultures, I was interested to learn that there was a young man, older than me, on campus whom I assumed came from India, given his appearance and name— Roopnarine John Singh. I had no idea that almost 20 years later I would be called as a pastor to the land from which John Singh came—Guyana, in South America. John’s family heritage is, indeed, from India. His father, Motilal, died in an accident when John was five. Roopnarine (his birth name, which was often used as a surname) was born in the village of Fyrish on the Corentyne coast of what was then British Guiana. He was raised by his mother, who was Hindu. When he was 12 he began attending a Lutheran church in Fyrish, where he was taught by a lay missionary, Elaine Wagner, and baptized by a Guyanese Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Patrick Magalee. As was the tradition in a great deal of missionary work, Roopnarine had to be given a “Christian” name, and he took John. John graduated from secondary school and was encouraged to become trained as a catechist in the Lutheran church. A catechist is someone who serves with a pastor with responsibilities for teaching, pastoral care, and occasional preaching. After two years of study, John became a catechist and received an assignment to a parish near Georgetown. But John felt that he needed more education and, after considering offers from three U.S. Lutheran colleges, chose Gustavus. He flew to the U.S. and into Minneapolis in October. On that flight from British Guiana he met someone whose family lived in New Ulm. They invited him to ride with them and dropped him off in St. Peter in the wee hours of the morning. You have to realize that Guyana is a tropical land with year-round temperatures in the 90s. John recalls, “I arrived on campus at 2:00 a.m. in October, on homecoming weekend in 1954, without a winter coat, 20 below. (A classmate told me that it just must have seemed like that because it doesn’t go below 0 in October, even in Minnesota.) I spent my first night sharing a room with the foreign student advisor, Mr. Keith Beggs, who was also a professor in the Department of Psychology. “I was enrolled in five courses that had

started several weeks earlier and feared University of Iowa, John went on to study failing. Philosophy was Greek to me. The in the field that he loved—history—at the German professor, whose enunciation was University of Oklahoma, where he received difficult, failed me. I talked with the acahis Ph.D. in French history. demic dean. My grade was changed to C. John went on to teach in Nebraska French terrified me. Recognizing my lateand then returned to Minnesota to teach ness and progress, the teacher gave me an at Augsburg College. In 1977 Dr. Singh A–. English was another strike. Professor published a book titled French DiploJ. Luke Creel recommended I skip the elmacy in the Caribbean and the American ementary level for the advanced. Another Revolution, a book based on his doctoral A, to my surprise.” dissertation. “Money was my biggest problem, even though I had a partial scholarship. I was limited to one meal a day, costing only 30 cents. A friend knew my plight and wrote to his pastor, who sent me $100. Later, I was invited to speak at the evening service. The entire offering of $155.20 was given to me. The extra money didn’t last long. Only after working in a café cleaning toilets did things brighten. I was now able to have Mrs. Young’s baked chicken once a week. My bologna meal continued to lace my plate daily. “Realizing my financial hardship, Roopnarine John Singh, in 1957 and today. I got permission to take extra credits to finish school earlier. This and correJohn decided to pursue work in counspondence courses in the summer enabled seling and took additional course work me to graduate in two and a half years. (I in psychology to be licensed as a psyhad been admitted as a sophomore.) chotherapist by the Minnesota Board of “Toward the end of school, my wife, Marriage and Family Therapy. He estabRuth, who was 24 at the time (we married lished the Family Counseling Clinic in the in 1953), was hospitalized. No money and Minneapolis suburb of Columbia Heights. no insurance. One night President Edgar He retired from that work in 2000. Carlson came to my door with tapioca In 1980 he published another book, A pudding and informed me that a women’s Coronary Experience: Coping with Heart organization had paid the hospital bill. I Disease – A Reflection of Medical Ethics, almost dropped.” published by Mid-America Press, based on Graduating in 1957, John was achis experience of a heart attack and subsecepted at Northwestern Lutheran Theoquent open heart surgery in 1978. logical Seminary in Minneapolis, where he “College was tough,” John admits, “but completed study in 1960 for a master of it propelled me to fight it through. I could divinity degree. He was called to return to not afford to fail even when Professor Rod Guyana and was ordained into the ministry Davis told me that I couldn’t do a history of the Lutheran Church in Guyana in 1960. major. A few years later, I sent him a copy He and Ruth raised four sons, Errol, Earl, of my French diplomacy book with indicaPaul, and R. John Jr. tion that I had obtained a Ph.D. at the One of the challenges facing Guyanese University of Oklahoma. I often wondered pastors in those days is that they were not what he had thought. I am grateful to Gusconsidered as well-educated as missionary tavus. It’s a great school even for foreign pastors. For that reason John went back to students. Thank you, GA. If I had to do it the United States to complete a master’s over, I would do it again.” n degree in psychology at the University of Minnesota. He intended to return to Guyana, but because of a national sugar strike, The Rev. Paul Tidemann ’60 is a retired he could not and decided to extend his ELCA pastor and class president for his study toward a Ph.D. Starting first at the alumni class. He lives in St. Paul.



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Arts at Gustavus The Gustavus Dance Department celebrated the College’s Sesquicentennial last spring with two performances of a site-specific multi-media work titled Our Place, In Place. Supported by a Sesquicentennial Mini-grant, the department commissioned award-winning choreographer Stephan Koplowitz to create a series of four dances to mark the College’s 150th anniversary year. More than 30 dancers—students from the Core and Extended companies and alumni—as well as the 2011 “A Class” World Champion Govenaires Drum and Bugle Corps from St. Peter, the combined College choirs, students enrolled in a playwriting course, and many people working behind the scenes collaborated on the production. The opening work, titled “The Chair Yields,” was staged in the Jackson Campus Center and comprised a series of monologues inspired by the College’s Adirondack chairs. Later in the afternoon, “in situ,” a piece featuring 20 dancers, 20 Adirondack chairs, and the Govenaires, was performed on Eckman Mall. In the evening, “The Old New Thing” (pictured right), a movement, sound, and image installation for 24 dancers, the combined Gustavus Choir and Choir of Christ Chapel, and video projections, was featured in the Torrey Atrium of Beck Academic Hall. The dance project concluded after dark with “(Re) Fraction,” a site-specific performance in the lighted windows of Christ Chapel. Site-specific dance seeks to honor the history, architecture, and community of a site en route to developing deeply rooted choreography. Our Place, In Place was an opportunity to interpret how Gustavus Adolphus College integrates the fine arts into its liberal arts curriculum.

Photo by Simon Stromberg

“The Old New Thing”

Spring 2013 Quarterly  

The Spring 2013 Gustavus Quarterly