Class of '83
August 2007

Greetings Gusties from Phoenix, AZ!

We had a shift in the seasonal winds and it cooled down to a luxurious 105º the other day!

My daughter was looking at the calendar last week and said, “Daddy, in three weeks I am going to be a third grader!”  Wow, visions of Lewis Carroll and Hans Christian Andersen, the solar system, fractions and taxonomy.  That last one is a bit of a stretch (think Linnaeus for any Gustie connection).  Kids are naturally curious and mine constantly provide me with questions and examples that learning truly is a lifelong experience.

When I reflect on Gustavus experiences of all those years ago, it was more than the classroom learning.  It was more than late night study sessions at CK or driving to Mankato for Pagliai’s, going to Northfield for a rugby tournament, spring breaks in Florida (up north for some), Michael Johnson concerts or basketball games in the field house, or turkey and dressing every Thursday and Sunday in the cafeteria.  It is about the people and the place.

In the 24 years since graduation, I have had the pleasure of purposeful and accidental Gustie gatherings:  Our ten-year and twenty-year reunions, planning and co-hosting a Gustavus Japan event in Tokyo, hosting choir members; once each in Austin and Phoenix (Phoenix included cooking my grandmother’s Swedish meatballs for the choir), and planning an annual event for the Phoenix chapter.  It is always fun to get together, see how folks are doing….and this time I’d bet we have a few with recent career changes, reading glasses or a few grey hairs!  We can swap stories that begin with, ‘remember when…”

I am certain we all have fond memories of our time at Gustavus even after all this time.  More importantly it is the friendships that give us the sense of connectedness to the place on the Hill.

25th Class Reunion

Dates that you will want to mark on your calendar are October 3-4, 2008―our 25th Anniversary Class Reunion.  In preparation for this weekend, Karin Stone and I are trying to form a Reunion Committee comprised of our classmates from all the different groups and organizations that Gustavus offered in 1979-83―fraternities, sororities, musical groups, sports, academic, theatre, residence halls, government, arts, religion, etc.  We are therefore inviting you to be a part of the committee.

What is the basic time commitment and what are the tasks, you ask

  • Help recruit other members for the committee
  • Build class-wide support of the reunion
  • Attend two gatherings of the committee – the first on campus on September 15, 2007 and the second in Minneapolis on February 23, 2008.
  • Make personal contact with 20 classmates (between March 1-15, 2008) and encourage them to attend the reunion events, participate in the reunion class gift, and gather class news.

The September meeting will focus on event planning:  when, where, and what will the reunion look like; the February meeting will focus on finalizing the plans and distributing contact cards for calling classmates.

Please give it some thought and let me know if you are interested in joining us in planning and putting on the 25th Class Reunion – bsomero1@msn.com.  Out-of-towners, we’d love for you to get involved too.  If you have questions on just how you can help, please send an email.

Class Participation

Our Class had a little over 33% of our class participate with 167 folks giving $80,909.54 at the end of the fund year which closed May 31, 2007.  Once our reunion committee is formed, we will create goals for our class for the reunion year.  Believe it or not, our reunion cycle has actually started!  Any gifts given to Gustavus between June 1, 2007 and October 3, 2008 will count towards our reunion class giving.  Consider making a special three year pledge which will count in our reunion totals, for example, making a three year pledge of $500 each year for three years will count $1500 towards our reunion giving.  We will celebrate the grand total of all cash gifts and pledges during reunion weekend.

That’s all for now.  Please send an email at bsomero1@msn.com to let me know what you have been doing and how your families are.

Regards,

Brad Somero

1983 Co-class Agent

Phoenix Area Agent

CAMPUS NEWS

It’s August on campus and summer activities are winding down.  This is the last week for summer camps including golf, Nordic camp and two softball camps.  Next week fall sports players will be returning to campus.  Soon to follow will be the Gustie Greeters and all the incoming freshmen.  Classes start on September 4.

Summer Construction Update

Work on the new football stadium progresses at a quick pace.  Considerable progress has been evident in the past two weeks and most major elements of the stadium are now in place.  The stadium will be ready for the opening game on Saturday, September 8 when the Gusties host Willamette, OR.  It’ really awesome and will be a great place for Gusties to gather!  Take a daily peak at http://gustavus.edu/campusprogress/footballstadium/webcam/.  Physical Plant crews are also busy constructing additional intramural and club sport fields west of the Swanson Tennis Center.  These fields will replace the fields that were previously on the stadium construction site.

Athletics Hall of Fame

Gustavus will induct new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet on November 3.  Inductees include three of our very own classmates!  They are:  Tim DeJarlais ’91, golf; John Erickson ’81, hockey; Dave Hultgren ’92, baseball; Craig Miller ’91, cross country; Mindy Mayerchak Oosten ’88, softball, soccer; Mike Schumacher ’91, football; Ann Sommerness Simms ’92, swimming; and Ryan Skanse ’92, tennis.

 

Dr. Mary Morton, Gustavus’ new provost and vice president for academic affairs, assumed her position on Monday, July 2.  In this role as chief academic officer, she oversees academic programs and strategic planning at Gustavus.

Gusties Gather! – September 30

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, September 30.  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  If there is a gathering in your area, we hope you consider attending.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Twin Cities Breakfasts, August 15, September 19
  • Gustavus Booth at Minnesota State Fair, Education Building, August 23-September 3
  • Gusties Gather! – September 30
  • Nobel ConferenceHeating Up The Energy Debate - October 2 & 3
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 12-14
  • A Royal AffairRazzle Dazzle, October 27
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet – November 3
  • Christmas in Christ Chapel – November 30-December 2