Class of '52
February 2002

Dear Classmates,

The privilege of writing a class letter again was bestowed upon me by the class of ’52 reunion committee.  You may recall I was the class of ’52's second class agent.  I succeeded Bob Werness and Arlene Hansen Bloom succeeded me and of course Barb Eckman Krig succeeded Arlene and undoubtedly has had the position for the longest duration and will continue for the foreseeable future.  She does such a great job, I can think of no one who would feel qualified to succeed her.

Our 50th reunion committee has had two meetings as a complete group this year and sub-committee meetings as well.  The program committee headed up by Red Rehwaldt has developed an excellent program that can not help but interest you.  Everything from a serious memorial service to recognize the members of our class who have passed away to a fun and frivolous sing along (words by the class of ’52's impresario Paul Elofson) has been planned.  You should have received, with the last letter, a list of deceased members of the class of ’52.  If there is someone that you would like to personally recognize at the service please indicate so on the sheet and return it to the Alumni Office or you may call 800-487-8437.

Needless to say the campus has undergone remarkable changes over the past 50 years and it really looks a lot different, especially after the tornado of four years ago.  I recently toured the campus prior to the college choir's home concert in Christ Chapel, given after their return from a Midwest tour.  The Evelyn Young food service facility recently completed is really a marvel (really different to say the least from where we ate in the basement of Uhler Hall).  The replanting of trees on campus will surprise you as to the size and number of trees that were planted.  Just to see all the changes is alone worth the trip back to Gustavus for our reunion.  An extensive tour of the campus is on the weekend's agenda.

Interestingly enough, the class ’52 has the most clergy of any class in the history of the college; however, we probably have the least number of organist/piano virtuosos.  We seriously need a reunion-attending-class-member to be an organist/piano player for one or two of the weekend events.  If you can volunteer, contact the Gustavus Alumni Office.

Traditionally, 50-year reunion classes of Gustavus present a class gift to the college.  The class of ’52 is presenting an endowed scholarship to Gustavus.  Sometime in the next few weeks or so, you will be contacted by a class member to make a pledge for this scholarship gift.  We know that most of you have already pledged to the 2002 Alumni Fund, but we would really hope you would consider this special gift on the 50th anniversary from Gustavus.

Be sure you have answered the Golden Anniversary questionnaire and returned it if you want to be recognized appropriately in the 50th anniversary booklet.  However, most exciting part of the reunion will be just meeting with and communicating with classmates, most of whom you haven't seen for many years.  Reminiscing will be great, believe me!

Remember the reunion activities kick off right after lunch on Friday, May 31 and continue on through Saturday, June1.  Housing will be provided in the dorms and all meals and activities are free to all class members and their spouses/partners.  I did some research with friends who graduated from other area colleges and, believe me, no other college does the 50 year reunion as well as Gustavus―in fact as far as I can tell they aren't even close in the scope of their recognition of members of the 50-Year-Club.  You do not want to miss attending your Gustavus Adolphus College reunion.  You will be very sad when you hear afterward what you missed if you don't come.

Looking forward to seeing you then,

Dick Brown

1952 Guest Letter Writer

P.S.  Now for some news from campus written by a Gustavus student:

Campus News

Hi!  My name is Tracey Hanson.  I’m a senior, double majoring in Communication Studies and Business Management.  I’ve worked in the Alumni Office all four years and can hardly believe that I’m now starting my final semester!  Instead of taking a class (and doing homework) this J-Term, I spent my time slaving away in the Alumni Office.  It was great to have the extra time to relax and do other activities that J-Term allows.  Having unlimited time at home each night made for some great cooking!  And getting to watch “Friends” without worrying about the homework you should be doing instead was also a plus!  The start of the spring semester (thus, the start of homework) has been a sudden shock to my system! 

The campus is full of life and excitement.  A successful and busy J-Term just ended, and spring semester is now underway.  The theme for J-Term 2002 was "Our Global Village," and the month was a celebration of cultural diversity as we grappled with social, political, economic and philosophical aspects of our ever-shrinking world neighborhood.  Faculty offered 29 different classes that tied into this global theme, many of which were travel courses.  Examples include Islam and Culture, and Chinese Cooking and Culture.  This year, 2319 students enrolled in J-Term courses, with many who studied abroad, participated in internships, student taught or studied at other domestic institutions.  I got very jealous when I read e-mails from my roommates who were studying in warm, sunny Australia.  J-Term themes for the coming years include “Service-Learning” (2003) and “Undergraduate Research.” (2004).

Gustie winter sports teams are having a great year, as all are near the top in the MIAC.

Gustie music ensembles just returned from their tours.  The Gustavus Band embarked on an international tour this J-Term.  The band toured Sweden and Norway, presenting “Music from America.”  The tour dates were January 16 through February 10.  The tour concluded with a homecoming performance on Feb. 10 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Choir toured the Midwest during Touring Week in February, concluding with their home concert Feb. 16 in Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Orchestra toured Minnesota, the Dakotas, Colorado, Kansas and Iowa.  The orchestra concluded their tour with a home performance Feb. 17 in Christ Chapel.

The Alumni Association is on the road this winter and spring connecting alumni to each other and the College.  Director of the Linnaeus Arboretum and Instructor of Environmental Studies, Jim Gilbert ’62, will travel along to provide an interesting and informative program.  Complete information is listed on our web site under events.  If you need more information, give us a call at 800-487-8437.

February 23    Orlando Chapter event – Sam Snead’s Tavern

                        301 East Pine Street, Orlando

                        7:00 p.m. Dutch treat dinner

March 7          San Diego Chapter event

                        Dinner hosted by John and Paula Penrod ’79, ’79

March 8          Tucson Chapter gathering 

Dinner - Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’67, ’66 residence

March 9          Phoenix Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Pera Club, Tempe

March 10        Sun City Chapter gathering

                        Dinner at Bella Vista Restaurant, Peoria

April 5 Bay Area Chapter event

April 6 Seattle Chapter event – Luncheon at Buca di Beppo Restaurant

April 7 Denver Chapter event

More information will be sent to alumni and friends in these chapter areas.

RSVP to Alumni Office at 800-487-8437 or e-mail alumni@gustavus.edu.

As I prepare to graduate in June, I find it increasingly hard to think about leaving this place.  It hardly seems possible that four years have flown by, and that in six months I, too, will be considered an alum.  I will always carry with me fond memories of my four years here.  GO GUSTIES!!!