Class of '60
July 2005

Dear Classmates:

“Summertime and the living is easy…”

Well, in the Minneapple it is just too hot, hot, hot.

Ah, to have a cabin “up north” (without fighting weekend traffic to get there).

No complaints.  We remember winter…………..

This is a short note to rally the troops for our 45th class reunion.  You all have received a “save the date” postcard, but information, to be effective, must be redundant.

Here is my pitch for your attendance:

Top Ten Reasons to Attend our Reunion

No. 10:  This is the last one before 50.  The 50th has to be an all-time bash and the 45th will be a dress rehearsal!

No.  9:   Sadly, for some, this will be our last reunion.  Deaths of classmates seem to occur every year and “we have not much time for gladdening the hearts” of those we traveled with through some very important years of our lives.  Five years ago, our dear Judy was our Friday night emcee.  Vibrant and energetic, it’s hard to imagine she is gone from our midst.  Now we have received news of the death of Ed Bramsen.  This is a sober reminder to “carpe diem.”

No. 8:   You really do NOT have a better offer that weekend in October.

No. 7:   You have aged better than your classmates and you need to show off.

No. 6.   You went to your spouse’s class reunion so now it is payback time.

No. 5    You really do want to see how each of your peers is doing in retirement.  Have they really “re-invented” themselves or have they slipped into “geezerdom?”

No. 4    You really do want to see that old girlfriend/old boyfriend and think about “opportunities missed” or “bullets dodged.”  Or, if you are both “available” you can test out possibilities―it wouldn’t be the first time that people spark a romance at a class reunion).  Either way, you will feel good about the experience.

No. 3    You do want to see the campus again--especially the newest additions:  Mattson Hall (new education department building of special interest to all the elementary education classmates); the newest residence hall (rejoice for the new students while you take time to grieve the loss of Wahlstrom) and take pride in the revival of Old Main.

No. 2    Take new pride in the accomplishments and achievements of your alma mater and realize that your gifts helped make it so.

No. 1:   You really do want to sing the “Remember” song one more time because in your heart “you belong to GA College and Gustavus belongs to you.”

Homecoming/Family Weekend 2005

Friday, October 7

5:30 p.m.          Class of 1960 Social and Dinner at the Sheraton, Bloomington

         

Saturday, October 8

9:00 a.m.          The Science of Aging – Dick Martin and Joe Gaugler ’95

9:00 a.m.          Fun Run

9:00 a.m.          Women's Volleyball Border Battle Tournament

9:15 a.m.          Dedication of Mattson Hall

10:00 a.m.        Morning Praise and Memorial Service

10:30 a.m.        Parent Seminar

10:30 a.m.        Dedication of Old Main

11:30 a.m.        Homecoming Parade

11:00 a.m.        1960 & 1965 Class Luncheon

            Nursing Reunion Luncheon

11a.m.-1p.m.   Homecoming lunch for alumni, students and families

                        Souvenir photo button with Gus the mascot, cotton candy, and popcorn all for free

1:00 p.m.        Gustavus Football vs. Augsbur             

1:00 p.m.        Men's Soccer vs. Macalester

1:00 p.m.        Women's Volleyball Border Battle Tournament     

3:00 p.m.        Living CSI – John Goodpastor ’95

8:00 p.m.        Comedian Scott Novotne '75

8:00 p.m.        Street Dance with the Rockin' Hollywoods

9:00-11:00 p.m.         Sky Watch – Olin Observatory

Sunday, October 3

8:00 a.m.        Morning Coffee and Sunday Papers 

10:30 a.m.      Holy Communion Worship Service

10 a.m. - 1pm Jazz Brunch featuring the Gustavus Jazz Ensembles

12:30 p.m.     Granlund Sculpture Tour

1:00 p.m.        Weekend Movie – Batman Begins

1:30 p.m.        Music Performances

Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Lucia Singers, Vasa Wind Orchestra

Planning will take place beginning this summer.  Want to contribute to planning or the program itself?  Sing, dance, do a comedy routine?  Call me at:  612-659-0328.

Ideas for what would make this even more fun?  Call me.  I personally am looking forward to seeing you all.

Denny

1960 Class Agent