Class of '68
Fall 1999 Greetings to the class of ’68!
It’s that time of year when the lazy days of summer are quickly being replaced with the realities of fall. Although we fight to hold on to the fond memories of summer the calendar tells us that school is back in session, the days are getting shorter and we are just a few months away from the end of the century. The calendar also tells me that it’s class letter time and we are pleased to be able to greet each and every one of you and extend once again, our best to you and your families!
Last month Kris and I were able to visit the campus for the class agent’s annual meeting and although it was nice to greet some old friends, the thing that really left an impression with us was the CAMPUS! If you have not been back in some years it would be well worth the effort to get back on campus and see for yourself what is happening! The college has flourished since we departed some 30 years ago and out of the Great Storm of ’98 it has rebounded with style and grace that is impossible for me to explain on paper. In this case, seeing is the ONLY way to believing! New landscaping, new buildings, new programs and a commitment to the students of the new millennium to be the best private college in the land. In that regard here are some thoughts on what campus life is like in 1999…
The 1999-2000 academic year opened with a record enrollment of 2,490 full-time students (compared with the previous record of 2,474 set last year), including 660 first-year students. Students returned to the new Campus Center housing the Evelyn Young Dining Room, the new Book Mark, post office, health service, and printing service. Renovation of the old dining service building will continue with expected completion in February. The renovation project will provide office space for student organizations, Office of Admission, specialty dining areas, Dean of Students office, and a faculty and staff center. Summer construction also included the landscaping of parking lots on the north end of campus. The landscaping provides a welcoming appearance to the College and helps break-up the "frozen tundra" between Norelius Hall and the Campus Center.
Gustavus Adolphus College Ranked Among the Best Liberal Arts Colleges
Gustavus Adolphus College is once again ranked among the best of all national liberal arts colleges in U.S. News and World Report's 13th annual "America's Best Colleges" rankings. Gustavus is again in the top 80 of the overall quality listings for national liberal arts colleges. Ranked again in the second tier in the national liberal arts college category, Gustavus is one of only two Minnesota colleges included in the 38-college tier two listing and one of four Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 80. Gustavus is also included in the Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine list of "100 great values" among the nation's 1,600 private schools. The "Private Colleges Worth the Price" article appears in the September 1999 magazine. Gustavus is one of only four Minnesota colleges named a Top 100 Value in Private Colleges. The list is based on academic and financial measures.
Naturally, there is going to be much made of the challenges facing all of us as we embark into the new century and not to take anything away from those issues, I would like to offer my own challenge. It comes in the name of the Gustavus Fund and our participation. Over the years our commitment to the college through our giving can’t be questioned, we have answered the challenges and supported the fund, but my vision for the new century and the fund for 1999-00 would be to take our total number of givers to a higher level.
Last year we showed our support by giving over $28,000 with total participation at 154 from 346 of us. The challenge is to take the number of donors up from 44% to over 60%. That would mean an increase of 54 donors! For those of you who have had to take a break from the fund or haven’t contributed over the years all I am asking is a small show of support. Could we kick off the start of the new century with the gift of a dollar a week? Could we celebrate our 31 years as Gustie alumni with $31? This is my challenge to all of us, to pledge something and be part of the corner stone that will propel Gustavus into the new century and beyond. What do you say class? Phonorama for our class will be in the spring of ’00, the fall is set aside for the reunion classes and we have a few more years before our next milestone (35) so calls will not be scheduled until spring. However, please do not let that stand in your way if you want to make an end of the year contribution, the post-person always delivers!
For those of you who are out of state and can’t easily get back to campus, but want to connect with Gusties in your area, the Alumni Office has set up get-togethers around the country for you to attend.
Alumni Chapters will be meeting again this year so mark your calendars today: Washington, DC, November 5; Boston, November 6; Chicago, December 11; Atlanta, January 31; Marco Island, February 5; Tucson, February 7; Phoenix, February 8; Sun City, February 9; Seattle, March 3; Bay Area, March 4; Los Angeles, March 5; San Diego, March 6; Denver, March 7.
Other events of note are:
The Gustavus Library Associates Once upon a holiday … A Royal Affair, is Saturday, November 13 at the Radisson South Hotel, Bloomington. Information and registration material was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.
Christmas in Christ Chapel, Even so, come, Lord Jesus, is December 3-5. A ticket order form was inserted in the Summer Quarterly.
The best to you all! If you would like to drop us a line you can email us at email@example.com or send your news to us through the Alumni Office.
John and Kris (Lundberg) Moorhead
1968 Class Agents