Class of ’51

February 2012

Dear classmates and other readers,

This is a historic 150th year and our 61st anniversary!  We have fond memories of our 60th anniversary last May!

We are remembering the Chapel’s 50th year!  President Edgar Carlson ʼ30 was patient until Mr. Carlstrom figured out how to pour the concrete pieces for the chapel extension on site.  It would have been too expensive to haul them in.  Then Edgar talked Paul Granlund ʼ52 into creating sculptures and friezes in the chapel doors.

In January at a London Airport Alyssa McGinty ’12 (our granddaughter) says, “We can’t go anywhere without seeing someone my mom knows!”  This time it was a Gustie classmate from 28 years ago.  They had not seen each other since 1984 when they graduated!

Marilyn Barnes Robertz and Dorothy Johnson Lutz attended the After Chapel Book Group at the home of President and Kris Ohle on campus.  The book they discussed was Heldin, Coming To Terms, novel by classmate, Milly Janzen Balzer.  Many connections with other Mennonites in that area added to the wonderful discussion of the Mennonite community around Mountain Lake where Milly grew up.  You can order this wonderful, historical novel through the BookMark at Gustavus and on Amazon.com.

On November 2, I met a girl from Korea who came to Gustavus because she read about the sense of community.  She really likes it here, having arrived a few months ago in September.

In December I met a tall girl outside the Chapel.  Guess where she is from?  Casablanca, Morocco!  She likes Gustavus (but not the cold!).  She was planning to go home right after her exams.

In January I met two enthusiastic gals in Chapel who talked about their involvement in Proclaim (chapel program) on Tuesday evenings.  They were both first generation college students.  Nicole who is about to graduate said she knew she wanted to go to Gustavus when she first came here for a high school honors band program.  She says she would do it all over again if she had the money!  The other girl, Brianna is a performing art major and invited me to come to the art show.  She had saved chapel programs and made them into an artistic model of the chapel.  She had also made a three circuit labyrinth so I took my shoes off and walked around it.  Her third project was a large loaf of “bread” made by weaving bamboo pieces together.

Winter Quarterly:  See the photo of:

Page 35:  Marilyn Barnes Robertz, presenting the info on our Class Music Scholarship to me.

Page 39:  Photo of Marion Odberg Olson with her clarinet.

Page 46:  Our late classmate S. Lenore “Sandy” (Anderson) Haber has a granddaughter, Sophia Wertz ’15 who is pictured with her parents, Robert Wertz and Tania Haber ʼ78.  Tania is Lenore’s daughter, Lenore’s mother was an alumnus of 1925.  Tania tells us that Sophia a 6th generation Gustie.

Also, on the inside back cover is a photo of our granddaughter Alyssa ʼ12, along with my brother, Wendell’s two grandchildren, Katie ʼ12 and Steven ʼ15 Eiden.  Don’t miss the nine classmates under Class News Notes and those on the In Memoriam list.

A Little Bit of Humor:

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.  A prayer a day keeps the devil away.  An onion a day keeps everyone away!”

Corrections:

  •  Our son, Erik ʼ88 is married, but has no children.  His wife’s name is Chiharu which means a thousand springs.
  • Denny Lofstrom is in Tanzania (Tanganyika territory).
  • Milly Janzen Balzer’s novel is:  Heldin, Coming to Terms.
  • President − O.J. Johnson, from 1913-42.

Prof. Henry MacCarthy directed the play, On Ego.  One of the leads was Chloe Radcliffe ʼ12, granddaughter of Henry ʼ52 and Carolyn (Peterson) Ruggles.  She is an outstanding actress.  Prof, MacCarthy from Venezuela was asked why he stayed at Gustavus?  He answered, “I fell in love with the students!  They are so creative!”

I dropped my husband off for a hockey game at Lund Arena and discovered the huge photo displays on athletics at Gustavus through the years!  You’d love them!  Dwight Holcomb and his father Dwight ’21 are the only father/son duo in the Gustavus Hall of Fame.  The two families partially endowed the Hall of Fame in Lund Center.  The Hall of Fame began in 1978.

They wrote that the physical education program for women began at Gustavus with the Ling System of gymnastics.  They didn’t mention that my mother, Ruth Nelson Johnson ’20 was asked by President O.J. Johnson to go to Chicago and learn to teach this Swedish System at Gustavus before they had a full time women’s physical education director.

Then I wandered over to the second floor of Jackson Student Union where the large, historical display has been changed to a history of The Weekly.  If you saw the photo last fall, come again.  The Weekly from our sophomore year 1948 had the photo of five candidates for St. Lucia:  Carol Matson Holcombe, Bonnie Feehan Klucking, Virginia Heed Walker ’52, Ingrid Carlson Dipprey, and Dorothy Johnson Lutz.

A major theme of these displays seen through the decades is how much fun Gusties can have! 

Donn Larson was editor of The Weekly in 1950.  A letter was signed by Donn giving some news like the arrival of a baby daughter to Dr. and Mrs. George Forell in Dec. 1950.  They couldn’t get a Weekly print because of the Christmas rush at the print shop but, there wasn’t much news anyway!

Where does the January, sports ethics class do research?  In New Zealand and Australia!  Thirty-two Gustavus students and the Men’s Varsity Tennis Coach,  Tommy Valentini ʼ02, are interviewing tennis players at the Australian Open.  This has been a special class for many years.

“With One Voice” in Tanzania−a January course for Gustavus students.  The following info is from my brother’s granddaughter, Katie Eiden ’12.  These are a few glimpses of their trip this January.  The plane landed at Kilimanjaro Airport.  They flew back from Dar-es-Salaam.

January 7:  Early breakfast at Mwangaza.  Morning devotions at the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, a 125 bed hospital.  After devotions we will tour the hospital and visit Plaster House where children recover from orthopedic surgery.  In the afternoon, we will visit Eunice Simonson in her home.  Simonsons are founders of Operation Bootstrap.  Supper at Mazaloo in the hotel district of Arusha.  Evening discussion at the Mwangaza Guest House.

January 9:  Visit the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre and the Bill Gates Malaria Center.  We will visit a family run orphanage in the afternoon.  Evening discussion at the Uhuru Lutheran Hostel in Moshi.

January 13-16:  We will depart for the village of Tungamalenga after lunch on 1/13.  We will stay in the Tungamalenga Village Lodge.  Students will shadow Dr. Barnabas at the clinic hospital, go home visit with health care providers to patients with AIDS, help with cleaning and organization of the supply room at the clinic; providing service to the community as needed which may include help with school children, help in the fields, help in the parish.  Students will sing for and with patients in the hospital, visit several Maasai villages.  Visit the elementary school.  Talk and sing with the people formally and informally at the church participate in the Tungamalenga church service on Sunday morning (the 15th).

Jan 17-18:  Depart for Ruaha National Park and stay at Mwagusi Camp.  Students will see and experience Tanzania’s rich natural resources in terms of beauty and wildlife.  They will have opportunities to discuss the world’s potential for exploiting Tanzania’s resources and the impact that will/does have on the health and well-being of the people of Tanzania.  Two safaris are planned during the time here.

Jan 23:  We will spend the day at the Lazy Lagoon relaxing, reflecting, writing, sharing.  There will be time to swim in the Indian Ocean, canoe to another island and snorkel.  You will NEED sunscreen here.

The tour includes an ancient Islamic religious site, a museum of the Catholic Church where slaves were rescued and a market in the seaport of Bagamoyo.  We will drive to Dar-es-Salaam.

Encourage any prospective student to visit the campus.  They get a feeling for Gustavus.  The tour guides are great.  One of the guides is Steven Eiden ’15, my brother’s grandson.

I really appreciate his work for our class!  Ray and Loraine really enjoyed the President’s dinner and Christmas in Christ Chapel.  He was assigned the seat between Marilyn Barnes Robertz and Bonnie Seaberg Bergman!

Paul and I, along with our daughter and her family, were able to experience the joy and excitement of Christmas in Christ Chapel.  It has become an annual event for us with all the hugs after the overwhelming performance of “O Come All Ye Faithful,” one year they omitted it, they received many letters of protest!  Chaplain Rod Anderson grew a beard so he could look more like Eric Norelius (1895) who he portrayed.  A Hmong Student from St. Paul, Syjong Xiong, ’12 wore her festive native costume as she said the words of Kao Kalia Yang from: The Late Homecomer:  A Hmong Family Memoir, from memory.  She was my favorite actor of the evening.

Before Christmas, Bill and Marilyn (Barnes) Robertz were invited to the Presidents reception for retired and present faculty and administration.  There were two lines of fabulous food (including pickled herring and many desserts!).

I enjoyed the Christmas concert at Bjorling Hall by Neal [Hagberg ʼ81] and Leandra [Peak ʼ83]; the famous (married) duo folk singers, Gustie alums who met at Gustavus.  Neal said, “There’s no place quite like Gustavus!”  He wrote their most well-known song, “Old Love.”  We gave them a standing ovation!  The book store has some of their CD’s.  Gustavus gave them the gift of “live streaming” the concert for which they were thankful.  Neal is the head of the summer Tennis and Life camps at Gustavus.  Stan and Marie (Schafer ʼ52) Benson were there, too.

Prof. John Lammert invited Marilyn Barnes Robertz to tell her story of three years with tuberculosis to his biology class, “Plaques, Old and New.”  There were 24 students.  One student told her, “I loved listening to your stories!”  Marilyn said, “I told about my stay at Ah-Gwah-Chng sanatorium near Walker, MN from 1943 to 1946.  No drugs had been developed so the care was mainly rest.  The students could not understand that our communication was only with pen and paper as we wrote to our family and friends.”  Marilyn was only 16 when she was sent to northern Minnesota.  Her parents would not drive up often because of gas rationing.  Marilyn started at Gustavus with us in 1947!

Donn and Donna Larson, Duluth attended Christmas in Christ Chapel December 4.  Guests of Marilyn (Barnes) and Bill Robertz, they have frequently attended the annual concert.  Donn and Bill were roommates at Gustavus in Uhler Hall 635, and Donn had the pleasure of introducing Marilyn and Bill during student days.  They observed that this year’s concert was a departure from the strong Christmas emphasis, dwelling heavily on milestones in Gustavus history.  Nonetheless, the choirs and orchestra performed beautifully at the high standard that is now an assured tradition.

Taken off the “Unlocated List” are Dean Berg, Issaquah, WA and Phyllis Naslund Jacobson, Mesa, AZ.

You’ll find Warren Hovren in either Glenwood, MN or Tucson, AZ.  He wrote, “At the end of November, I arrived in an unusually cool and rainy Tucson.  Now, December 27, it’s in the 70’s again.  That’s why I come here.”

Marilyn Street Turner, Santa Rosa, CA wrote, “I was having such a good time at our 60th year reunion, I didn’t realize how sick I was and ended up hospitalized in Alexandria (MN) and again in Santa Rosa, but I’m okay now.”

Dorothy Johnson Lutz has self-published On Three Continents and an Island with old photos and recent poems.  (The island is Japan.)

Clint Lomis, Golden Valley died on February 3.  Clint’s wife preceded him in death.  Our sympathy to the family and friends.  They listed Gustavus as one of the places memorials could be sent.  It was in the Star Tribune obituaries on Feb. 5.

Our sympathy to Louise Borg Bergmann on the death of her husband, Kenneth Bergmann.  They served in ELCA churches in Carson City, NV and at Our Savior’s in Oxnard, CA according to The Lutheran.  I’ve always loved the story of how they met at a picnic in Washington, DC.  Louise still lives in their home in Oxnard, CA.

In the last Quarterly obits, Delmar Christensen, Calgary, was listed, but I just received the letter from his wife, Eileen Johnson, Christensen ʼ49.  Our sympathy to her and to their daughter, Linda and son, Scott.  Delmar served a parish for many years in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  His last pastorate was as director of pastoral care at Bethany Care Center in Calgary.  He retired in 2009.

Another Gustie death to report is that of Victor Gustafson ʼ42.  Vic died on his 95th birthday on Feb. 9.  He was a physical education teacher and a winning swim coach from 1945 until his 1995.  During that time Vic also coached cross country, track, hockey, tennis and golf at one time or another and he taught outdoor education for years before other colleges were offering similar courses.  His obituary said that Vic taught 100 semesters and a total of 17,179 students.  That’s quite a record!  He is survived by three children and their families.  Peace be to his memory!

Bill Robertz received an award a few years ago for Judging for 50 Years for high school speech contests in Minnesota.  Now he is semi-retired and in his 54th year of judging for them.  He said, “Perhaps, I am the only 82 year [old] judge in those speech tournaments.  I retired from Gustavus 17 years ago!”

Denny Lofstrom writes about how email and Skype enabled Paula and him to stay in touch with the building projects in Tanzania while they travel the U.S. giving presentations on the Nyakato Clinic and signing up volunteers.  Denny emailed, “Still, this, compared to the one-to-three month turn around communication time of the 1950-60s with the Board of World Missions in the U.S.A., is quite an amazing improvement.”  See ihptz.org on the web.  Denny served as a medical missionary at Kiomboi, Tanganyika from 1958 to 1962.

Paul and Kikuno Nakamura, Gardena, CA and their daughter, Joy, who lives in Nebraska, traveled to Hawaii to help celebrate Paul’s brother, Charles’ 92nd birthday last July.

Don Anderson, widower of Florentine Peterson Anderson, sent a lovely memorial service folder from March 25, 2011 and wrote, “Flo died of a pulmonary embolism on the operating table during back surgery.”  Thank you, Don, for this communication at Christmas.

Dorothy Johnson Lutz played Christmas carols at the Christmas festivities at the Cox House, a historic house on Washington Avenue in St. Peter.  She rented from the Gustavus costume shop a costume which Chloe Radcliffe ʼ12 (Henry ʼ52 and Carolyn Peterson Ruggles) granddaughter had worn in a play.

Marie Schaefer Benson ʼ52 sent us this news note:  “Dorothy has been requesting a statement from me for your class letter for some time in the future, like next year, so here goes.  Today is December 10 and following on what Dorothy wrote of Stan Benson in the last letter which said that he had entered Benedictine Living Community, our nursing home here in St. Peter.  He entered there for one month of rehab because he could hardly walk.  He had a rocky road to begin his month and we thought it might be a much longer time as he developed heart problems and spent some days in the hospital.  Later he responded to therapy so that he came home one month later, walking with a walker.  He is continuing physical therapy at home and we have some home health care which is working well for us.

This turn of events brought out a family reunion of sorts as our three sons arrived from three continents:  Jeff from Seoul, Korea came first, and then Todd ʼ83 arrived from Kampala, Uganda, while John ʼ80 was with us from Moorhead, MN a number of weekends.  Stan’s brother and his wife from Lindsborg, KS, were with us some days before Thanksgiving.  There were nieces, nephews, some of our grandchildren, friends dropping in, all very lively.  Since then Stan and I are alone, praying that our children are free for their Christmas plans.  Todd, Betsy and family will be in New Zealand where their daughter has been student teaching.  Jeff, Barb and family plan to go to the Philippines after Christmas in Seoul.  John, Cindy and children will be dropping in here to visit us.

We celebrated Stan’s 84th birthday, on January 11.  It was a good day!  Since Stan returned home in late November from the local nursing home, he has continued physical therapy for his walking which has been proceeding well…”

Thanks Marie, for keeping us up to date!

I’ve been walking on the canvas labyrinth at the Chapel many days this January.  One of the books there had this quote, “…the labyrinth can be very reassuring, reminding us that life is full of changes that should not be feared, but welcomed.”  The Healing Labyrinth by Helen Sands.

Touring Week 2012 – After January Interim:  Stephan Koplowitz, internationally famous artist, is creating five dances to celebrate the 150 years.  They will put Gustavus “on the map!”  He’ll be back April 14 for rehearsals until the big days, May 2 (MayDay) and May 5 (Honors Day).

I introduced myself as Alyssa McGinty’s ʼ12 grandmother.  He said, “I see the resemblance!  Did you go to Gustavus?”  (Yes.)  “Alyssa told me she was fifth generation here!”  This was the week before classes begin in February.  The dancers were practicing from 9:00 to about 6:00 every day.

I went into the Chapel the next afternoon after taking photos outside.  I looked out of the chapel windows.  The students were dancing around twelve wooden Adirondack chairs they had lined up on the Eckman Mall.  They must be practicing for the May 2 and May 5 events!  Between practices the artist teacher asked me how many grandchildren I have.  I said that Alyssa is the only granddaughter.  He said, “Then she’s your favorite!”

At the Chapel this February, Sunday afternoon I saw a student enter, bound up the stairs, change his shoes, run through one of my favorite, fast, French organ masterpieces, (Litanies by Alain) change his shores, and take off for supper at the Jackson Student Center.  It was my lucky day!

The Chapel Choir was gathering in the chapel for rehearsal as the sun was lowering.  What a happy, musical noise those students create with everyone talking excitedly after vacation.  I congratulated Prof. Brandon Dean on his choirs in the “Christmas in Christ Chapel” programs.  He agreed with me that it was a lot of work, “but it was well worth it!”  This is his first year at Gustavus conducting the Chapel Choir and the Lucia Singers.  Each choir added a new dimension and the combined choirs were magnificent!  It was a very moving service!

When the tornado hit Gustavus, Veronica was in 4th grade.  She asked her teacher, “Where’s Gustavus?”  Her teacher told her adding, “It’s a good school!”  Veronica said, “I’m going to go there!”  And she did and she is about to graduate.

Lindsey Hjelmʼ13, a star hockey player on the women’s team told me, “I came here because it is a welcoming place.  Everyone is very friendly!”  She broke her nose in January in a hockey game, but was back playing the next week at Gustavus according to my husband who is a hockey fan!

Tennis and Life Camps are every summer at Gustavus.  They teach great attitudes toward life through tennis lessons.

Remember you can join Friends of Music and the entire amount can be designated to the Class of 1951 Dorothy Johnson Lutz Music Scholarship Endowment Fund.  When I die, our daughter will list the scholarship as a possible memorial.

Could one of you write a list of top ten reasons Gustavus alumni are proud of their Alma Mater or “What Do I Remember?”  I really enjoyed the following excerpt from Rev. Jim Anderson’s ʼ60 remarks.  Jim Anderson ʼ60 (son of Ren and Sylvia (Benzon) Anderson ʼ34 ʼ36) gave these remarks at the Class Agents’ Meeting in 1990.  I saved this!  He was the Annual Fund General Chairman that year!

What do I remember?  Simple scenes captured like photographs in my mind…the icy cold hitting my face as I walked from the Rancherino to the gym…those terrible body building classes…listening to Alexis and Lindemann spin their tales of literature and Kaufmanis presenting his “Star of Bethlehem.”  Gustavus will always be Kyle Montague on the microphone at Myrum and Willie Lindquist in the locker room…Evelyn Young serving us great meals and giving some of us jobs we really needed.  I think of simple things like my 82-year-old grandmother walking up the hill to help make salads for the King of Sweden…the Homecoming variety shows…the dates, the friends, those we found here and have loved for our entire life.

            What do I remember?  Simple, silly, struggling things…becoming a Gustie parent and worrying about the cost of tuition…sitting down with a friend of our daughter who had just broken up with boyfriend…the day Harold Rykes, the salty old construction foreman told us in no uncertain terms how to tilt the cross so we could get it inside the doors of Christ Chapel…and simple things like “Ten and oh so sweet.”  Like the Kappa sigs in dinner jackets fighting the awful Mother’s Day 1962 fire at First Lutheran…seeing a life’s work go up in flames the night and Aud burned down…and simple things like seeing John Kendall as student, professor and president of Gustavus – or watching my son, class of ʼ89 and my mother, class of ʼ36, dancing together.

            What do I remember?  Simple things mainly…starting from scratch, things like building a homecoming float or a choir anthem or a term paper…or spending four nights a week during summer school with six other students in Prof. George’s basement being tutored so we could pass freshman English (grammar)…dreams turned into reality by saints living and dead at this place by people refusing to give up:  dreams nurtured by Edgar and Barth and Lindell and John and their boards and faculties – through the spirit of God which blew through Christ Chapel and through Elvee and through faithful students and mentors alike who wouldn’t give up on any of us along the way.

            What do I remember?  Well, quite a bit, I guess!  It is the simple things I remember, and that is where we live our lives from day to day for that is what Gustavus gave to us – a way, a center, a compass so that we could live day to day in things so simple as the breaking of the bread in Emmaus and suddenly we see Jesus in the midst of us.  I remember so many who not only proclaimed that Gustavus was a college of the church, but lived their lives like Gustavus was a college of the church.  And to that we say “amen” and we still do.  Amen.

            What do I remember?  I remember “Gustavus Adolphus, remember thy past” and I know that those remembrances tie together the ‘30s and the ʼ50s and the ʼ90s.  One of the newest class agents is Doug Dittbenner, more like a son to me than a friend after living with us for J-term in 1988.  One night my brother Tom ʼ63 came over and we introduced him to Doug – “Are you Sanfield Dittbenner’s ʼ54 son?” he shouted, and then launched into a story from 1957 when Sandy had holed out with a seven iron in a golf tournament in St. Peter.  Doug  just about fell off his chair.  But Doug, that’s the way it is with Gusties – we never forget and we know that our best friends will always be our college friends.

            So “remember thy past,” class agents.  You do the work in the trenches and how well you do it – enough CASE Awards for Cec that he scarcely has room for his computer.  Keep it up Gusties for another year – and then be ready to give Marietta [Johns ʼ63] another great year the following one.  Our beloved Edgar Carlson ʼ30 has said, “A college is both what is has been and what it hopes to be.”  So Gustavus Adolphus remember thy past – remember thy future.

Please volunteer to write our class news for one of the Quarterlies this year.  The Alumni Office will mail you the news which is sent in.  You are welcome to add your ideas to the main letters.  Please deluge us with news for the Quarterly and for our class letter!  Thanks to all of you who have given a gift this academic year, our 61st!

Love comes down from God and flows through us.  It is grace.  Somehow, we carry on with love’s energy.  Blessings to all of you!

As we hear on public radio from Garrison Keillor:  “Be well!  Do good work and keep in touch!”

Sincerely,

Dorothy Johnson Lutz

1951 Class President/Communications Chair

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Dear Classmates,

A short addendum to Dorothy’s letter to let you know where we are in regard to the class total for the Annual Fund.  As of the end of January, we were at $36,871.  Hopefully we can attain $50,000 or more by the end of May.  I receive a list each month from the Advancement Office of those who have given that month to the Annual Fund.  You will get a thank you note from me, but I say thanks again because every gift is much appreciated.  Over the years, the class has done so well in the support of the Fund which is of a huge benefit to the College.

I am writing this on February 8, one day after the memorial service for Clint Lomis, a classmate and dear friend.  Clint was diagnosed with lower colon cancer less than two months ago.  Chemotherapy was started as quick as possible, but it was not successful.  He died on February 3, a direct result of the cancer and its complications.

His four daughters planned a very meaningful service.  Here are a few excerpts taken from the memorial bulletin:  Dad had a wide variety of interests.  He was an accomplished wood worker and wood carver…he loved music as well…Dad was an avid traveler, traveling throughout the U.S., Europe and beyond…It was no secret to anyone that dad like his routine.  If you called him in the morning it would have to be that 10 minute window after he got ready for the day and left to meet his buddies at McDonald’s by 9:15.  We truly believe that going to McDonalds was the favorite part of his day, unless it was attending his monthly Gustie alumni breakfasts.

It was a very upbeat, positive event which is what Clint wanted.  Classmates in attendance included Gordy Sanddbaken, Jim Whitney, Wayne Ripley, Ray Larson and myself.  Clint had a great love for Gustavus and he certainly will be missed.  He never missed our monthly alumni breakfast at the Doubletree Hotel in St. Louis Park and he attended as many concerts and other events as he could.  He never missed the Christmas in Christ Chapel concert.

I hope you are all doing as well as you possibly can, especially with your health as we get into our 80s, we all know challenges do occur.  As I heard Clint say more than once, “enjoy the day and be positive.”

Thanks again.  You’re a great class and I’m very grateful to be a member of it.

Best wishes to all,

Ray Lundquist

1951 Annual Fund Chair

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Campus News

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.  Here is a list of some upcoming chapter events.  You can view them all and register for an event at gustavus.edu/150.

San Francisco - Saturday, February 18, 2012 - Hs Lordship

Los Angeles - Sunday, February 19, 2012 – The Paley Center

Palm Springs - Monday, February 20, 2012 - Escena Golf Club

Sun City - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Briarwood Country Club

Phoenix - Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - Rita’s Kitchen

Tucson - Friday, February 24, 2012 - Warren and Donna Beck’s Residence

Seattle - Friday, March 16, 2012 - The Swedish Cultural Center

Denver - Sunday, March 18, 2012 - Three Tomatoes Steakhouse and Club at Fossil Trace

Gustavus Music Showcase in the Twin Cities

Tickets are now on sale for the Music Showcase!  The Music Showcase will be taking place on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 2 p.m. at Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis.  The Showcase will feature the Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus Jazz Lab Band.  This is a great opportunity to hear four major touring ensembles, showcasing the excellent music program at Gustavus.  Each ensemble will perform a piece commissioned for the concert and in honor of the College’s Sesquicentennial.  Tickets are $17.50 for general admission and $10 for students.  For more information or to order tickets visit:  Gustavus.edu/events/musicshowcase/

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  March speaker will be Jeff Owen ʼ92, Assistant Professor in Economics/Management and Environmental Studies.  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail alumni@gustavus.edu.  Hope to see you bright and early!