Pete Rogan and Anne Gustafson Rogan: A True MIIS Match
“It was love at first sight for me,” says Pete Rogan (MATESOL ’97) of the day he arrived in Monterey and stopped by the housing office, where he found Anne Gustafson (MATESOL ’96) working to connect new students with prospective landlords. “She really went out of her way to help me start my search and I would frequent the office to seek her attention.” The TESOL program proved the perfect background for a fall romance. “After organizing a party together and having a delicious dinner with Anne’s folks on our first ‘date,’ we became steady companions, and the rest is history,” says the happily married Pete.
After comparing their goals for international adventure, the pair graduated and set off to teach English in Japan, where they soon tied the knot. “Here’s a funny MIIS connection – on the return flight from our honeymoon in Thailand, who did we run into but Peter Grothe!” It really is a small world when you are a MIIS alum. The couple now lives in Minnesota, where they are raising their two daughters, Mariana and Caroline. Pete is busy researching the use of video games in language learning for his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, and Anne teaches English as a Second Language at Hamline University.
Pete and Anne shared the story of their courtship with the MIIS Alumni Relations Office as part of the “MIIS Match” campaign to celebrate the many life-changing and lasting relationships formed at the Monterey Institute. “Monterey holds a special place in our hearts and we visit as often as we can,” says Pete. If you have a MIIS Match story of lasting love or friendship to share, visit http://alumni.miis.edu/miismatches.