Class of '82
September 2005

Dear 1982 Classmates,

Hopefully the summer of 2005 treated you well and you had a chance to spend time with family and friends.

Earlier in September, JC Anderson and I spent a Saturday on campus.  It is simply amazing how being back on campus, even for just eight hours, brings back memories of 28 years ago when we were freshmen on the hill.  Some things are the same – Coed (now Norelius), North, Sorenson and Link, freshmen walking around campus with the backpacks, upper classmen hanging out on the mall and in the student center, and students (of the age of majority) spending time at the Flame.  However, some things are completely different – the cafeteria, Alumni Hall, Old Main, Lund Center, Southwest Hall, and not seeing freshman at the Flame.

The reason we were on campus was to attend Volunteer Leadership Day.  This is the day class agents, alumni board members and reunion committees meet to hear about the College, discuss issues of the College, and where the College is heading. 

During lunch President Jim Peterson ’64 gave us some information about the 705 members of the Class of 2009, the largest first-year class in history, and also one of the strongest.  The next largest class was the tornado class of 699 students enrolled in the fall of 1998. The Class of 2003 was selected from 2,689 applicants, the largest number in history the college.

It is also a strong class academically — 63 percent are from the top 20 percent of their class compared to 54 percent in 2004 and 60 percent in 2003. The average ACT test score was 26. In fact, 32 percent of the incoming students had ACT scores between 28 and 36. This compares to 30 percent in 2004 and 29 percent in 2003.

Since we attended Gustavus, it has grown in the diversity of the students; 21.4 percent of the students came from outside the state of Minnesota compared to 19.9 percent in 2004 and 16.6 percent in 2003; 61 of the students were persons of color joining last year’s strong class which contained 51 persons of color. In 2003, Gustavus had 48 persons of color compared to 41 in 2002 and 43 in 2001. As you can see Gustavus is growing in geographic and ethnic diversity.

Current students are very active and talented who’ve won awards in music, theater, speech, debate, and athletics. It’s a class the College and the alumni should be very proud of.

Our class contributed $63,561 from 151 (32.6%) donors to the 2005 Alumni Fund that closed May 31.  Although the total dollars given was very respectable, we once again have not had the participation we need.  JC and I are trying to get 50 percent of our class to make an annual gift.  Please consider this as we gear up for our 25th Anniversary Class Reunion.

Speaking of our class reunion, one of the discussions at Volunteer Leadership Day was the emphasis the College will be placing on class reunions.  Bringing alumni back to the College in October for reunions is going to be at the center of connecting alumni with the College.  With this in mind, JC and I spent some time discussing what our class reunion should look like in October 2007.  What we decided is that we would like to hear from our classmates and see what you might want the reunion to look like.  We also are looking for volunteers to help us in the planning of the event.  If you are interested, please e-mail me at r.olson@mmf.umn.edu.

Please think about joining JC, Ann McGowan Wasson and me to make our 25th anniversary reunion a fun and well-attended get together.

Here is some classmate news:

  • Karl Field is leaving his present post in Pretoria, South Africa, and will be stationed at the US Embassy in Accra, Ghana.  Karl said, “All Gusties are welcome should they be in West Africa.”  So, give Karl a call.
  • Nancy Hess Broman adopted a baby girl.  She turned one in March of this year.  Nancy and her husband, Jeff, adopted the little girl at birth.  What wonderful news.
  • Steven Bosacker has been in the news a lot over the past few years.  First, as former chief of staff for Governer Jesse Ventura during his four-year term, then founder and managing partner in dues, inc., a firm that was nurturing business connections between the US Midwest and the Baltic Sea region.  Currently Steven is the coordinator of Minneapolis One Stop and Minneapolis One Call, 311.  With this background, Steven would be a great fit to help lead the 25th Reunion Committee.
  • Chris Olson Resch has been busy home schooling her two sons – ages 12 and 9.  Congratulations. Prior to this important role, she had been an RN.
  • John Woodburn, a member of the Reds, was married in January 2005.  The lucky woman is the former Kristina Davenport.  Good luck, Woody.
  • Randy Allen was recently back in town with his son Nathan looking at colleges.  Nathan is a junior and is thinking about attending an MIAC school – remember there is only one school in the MIAC.
  • Marcia Page, John Huepenbecker ’80, Sara, Kristen and Laura have moved to London for a year.  Marcia’s company set up an office in London and Marcia is overseeing the opening.  Edina will not be the same without Commissioner Huepenbecker running the city.
  • Susan, Bruce and Joe Kleven have moved from Afton to Edina.  Lose one Gustie family to London and another one moves in.
  • JC and Lori (Rutter ’81) Anderson’s son, Spencer is looking at colleges, and has a chance to be the starting goalie for the Edina varsity hockey team.  Good luck Spencer in both choosing the right college and minding the nets.

Well, other than the following campus news, that is all I have for this letter.  Please let me know what is happening in your life and again, if you have any interest in helping to organize the 25th Class Reunion, let us know.  All the best and I look forward to visiting with you in the near future.

Campus News:

A New Year Begins

The 144th academic year began September 7 with 2,600 students and approximately 710 new students, the largest enrollment and new class in college history.  Some changes in the general education curriculum will also be implemented this year, including a foreign language requirement for graduation.

Class Reunions/Homecoming

Class Reunions and Homecoming Weekend will be October 7-8.  This is reunion time for the classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, and 2000, but all alumni are invited to attend the events, even if it is not a reunion year.  There is a full schedule this year with athletic events; seminars on aging, Living CSI, and the Linnaeus Arboretum; dedications and tours of Mattson Hall and renovated Old Main; as well as performances by comedian Scott Novotny ’75, many Gustavus musical ensembles and the Rockin’ Hollywoods.  The schedule is designed to provide activities for alumni and families.

Wind Orchestra Tour

Join Gustavus alumni and parents on a companion tour with the Gustavus Wind Orchestra to Eastern Europe January 17-27, 2006.  The trip includes visits to the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria and will be hosted by Tom Emmert, professor of history, and Jon and Anita (Thomsen) Young ’77 ’77.

Nurses Reunion

All Gustavus nurses are invited to the 45th anniversary of the nursing program at Gustavus on Saturday, October 8.  Events will include the dedication and tour of Mattson Hall, the facility that houses the nursing and education departments, a luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Donald Swenson on “Celebrating Our Roots,” and a slide show presentation of the history of the college's nursing program.

Announcing the Gustavus 2006 Alumni Fund Campaign

“When you get your invitation in the mail or receive a call from a Gustie student or classmate, commit to making your gift to the Alumni Fund this year,” encourages Jan Michaletz ’74, alumni board member, class agent, and 2006 Alumni Fund Chair.  The Michaletz family―Russ ’74, Mara ’02, Annie ’05, and John ’08―have agreed to chair this year’s alumni fund drive.  The 2006 Alumni Fund goals are to achieve 9,000 donors and $1,185,000 dollars in alumni giving.  The 2006 fiscal year began June 1, 2005 and ends May 31, 2006.  Gifts to the Alumni Fund will immediately support current Gusties in the classroom, in labs, on the playing field, in the library, and more.  Tuition does not cover the real cost of educating students today, nor did it when you were a student at Gustavus.  Since its inception in 1954, the goal of the Alumni Fund has been to help keep the Gustavus educational experience accessible for current students.  Give the gift of Gustavus to a current Gustie by making your Alumni Fund gift this year.

The 2004-2005 Honor Roll of Donors

is now available online at:  gustavus.edu/giving/honorroll.  The Honor Roll of Donors recognizes those who have made gifts to Gustavus between June 1, 2004 and May 31, 2005.  To find your name or to check out your class results, point and click from your home or office computer.  To have your name included in the 2005-2006 Honor Roll of Donors, go to https://secure.gac.edu/giving/giving.cfm to make a gift online.

Nobel Conference

The College’s 41st Nobel Conference, The Legacy of Einstein, was held September 27-28.  The panel consisted of scientists in the areas of statistical physics, relativity, cosmology, and unified theories, who discussed current work in the areas of Einstein’s greatest contributions.  In addition, a historian of science explored the impact that Einstein’s discoveries and his social and political views have had on science and humanity.  Also, a play, Clockworks:  Einstein Time, was premiered, the Physics Force group performed, and a symphony orchestra concert celebrated Einstein through music.

Alumni Directory

In partnership with Publishing Concepts (PCI), a comprehensive alumni directory is being produced and will be released in 2006.  PCI will be contacting alumni to get current information.

First Frost * A Royal Affair

Since 1977 Gustavus Library Associates has helped raise funds for the endowment of Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library located at Gustavus.  Over 1,000 guests will attend First Frost * A Royal Affair, the biennial gala dinner/auction benefit at the Sheraton Hotel in Bloomington on Saturday, October 29.  This year Evelyn Young ’33, a long-time GLA supporter, is being honored.  The program will feature tenor Mark Thomsen ’78 and will be hosted by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson and physician and Gustavus parent John Najarian.  Contact the Office of Public Relations at 800/726-6198.

Athletics Hall of Fame

On Saturday, September 24, Gustavus inducted the following people into the Athletics Hall of Fame:  Holly Brodmarkle Cervin ’87, track and field; Marc Illies ’85, baseball and football; Marc Iverson ’89, football; Gretchen Koehler, coach; Rich Skanse ’84, tennis; Dick Walters ’75, hockey.  Mary Mansour ’85, softball, and Jay Rooker ’85, soccer, had also been selected but will be inducted Fall 2006.

Campus Progress

Whether it’s planning for brand new buildings or renovating old ones, the Gustavus campus is always changing.  A new web site has been designed to keep you updated on the changes taking place on campus.  Check it out at:  http://gustavus.edu/campusprogress/

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Washington, D.C., Gustavus gathering — October 7
  • Class reunions for 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 — October 7-8
  • Nursing reunion — October 8
  • Homecoming — October 8
  • Family Weekend — October 7-8
  • Black Student Organization/Pan Afrikan Student Organization Reunion — October 14 – 15
  • Washington, D.C. Gustavus gathering — October 23
  • A Royal Affair * First Frost — October 29
  • Wind Orchestra Companion Tour to Eastern Europe — January 17-27

Richard Olson