Class of '83
Reunion dates – October 3 & 4, 2008
Remember the times you've had here,
…moving in the dorms in September 1979.
…bad hair in your Gribly picture but bright eyes awaiting the next four years.
…Nobel Conferences and Christmas in Christ Chapel.
…Turkey EVERY Thursday and Sunday, red velvet cake, butter pats on the ceiling or at the time…on which end of the caf did you dine?
…big stereos, traying down the hill after the first snow, The Flame.
…skipping Chapel, going to chapel, being touched in some way by the centerpiece of campus.
…theatre and fine arts performances, that shark lab in Doc Glass General Zo’
…basketball games in the old fieldhouse, football games in the rain
…(gotta save a few for October!)
Remember when you're away.
…lamenting the 5 cent coffee in the canteen as you stop by Starbucks
…seeing a Gustavus shirt or ring on someone far from home and making an instant connection
…connecting with a Gustie accidentally or on purpose in a far off land.
…seeing the baseball team in Florida, basketball team in Virginia, choir in Spain or the band in China.
…your wife divests your homecoming shirts from our freshman year (“Flush the Johnnies”). The football team made a nice run that year in the MIAC.
Remember the friends you've made here,
…from your freshman roommate
…your lab partner or teammate, that special someone from FCA, your band or choir friends, your fraternity or sorority mates, or that someone you met at the Nic(collet House) or the barn;
…one may even be a spouse or was in your wedding
and don't forget to come back some day.
…the reunion in 1988 picnicking at the park around a keg.
…the reunion in 1993 when we all looked so good at age 32 (or 33).
…the reunion in 2003 with kids in tow complaining about how cold this hilltop place is.
Remember the hills and valleys
…does anyone remember where they were and their first thought upon hearing about the tornado in 1998?
…how nice the drive is in the valley during fall with the color change.
…that big flood year when 169 to Mankato was closed.
…mist hanging over the valley on your way to 8:00 a.m. class
the skies so heav'nly blue,
…especially in January on a 20 below morning.
For you belong to G.A. College,
…were you a legacy or are your kids’ legacies?
…the four years did mold you, as we hit our late 40’s how is that playing back?
and Gustavus belongs to you
…come to the reunion October 3 & 4 to renew old friendships and relationships.
Things at GAC, things in the world and random stuff from our time:
- Hacky sack in front of the library instead of class or lab.
- The very first installment of Nightline (hostages….Iran...remember?)
- Mullets and boxer shorts.
- That McDonald’s theme our Senior year during homecoming (“Down the Macs” when the caf brought the then-new-to-St. Peter golden arches to campus and made egg McMuffins and McNuggets in addition to the (un)usual fare.
- The Renaissance festival.
- Senior week: Twins game, champagne at Cec Eckhoff’s.
- Broomball (team names if nothing else).
- Snow in April our senior year
- Old Uhler/new Uhler
- Where were you when you heard Reagan was shot? When John Lennon was shot?
- Phi Beta Kappa arrival in our Senior year
- Benderfest (Jan Bender as organist/composer in residence and that wonderful concert)
- Tylenol murders
- Vietnam War Memorial opened
- The last M*A*S*H
- Barney Clark
- Bobby Sands
- The Preppy Handbook
- Women’s soccer debut in the MIAC
See you in October!
Brad Somero and Karin Stone
Class Fundraising Update
We’d like to thank our classmates for their generous support of Gustavus during this 25th Reunion year. On the next page you will see everyone that has made a gift during the reunion year so far (June 1, 2007 to September 4, 2008). Highlighted names represent those who have made a special reunion gift to Gustavus by supporting the Class of 1983 Scholarship Fund, honoring our legacy as alumni. So far $17,000 has been raised towards our goal of $25,000. If you’d like to join this list it’s not too late. Contact the Alumni Office at 866-487-3863 or give online at www.gustavus.edu/give. Make sure to specify “1983 Class Scholarship” if you want to add to the Class of 1983 Scholarship Fund. Remember our class will receive credit to the 1983 Class Gift no matter where you direct your gift. Contributions are always welcome!
Class Reunion Help Still Needed
The Reunion Committee is preparing a Class of 1983 Museum and we need your help. If you are willing to lend an item for the weekend, please email Susan Scherb Path (email@example.com) a description of what you will bring with you. Please label the item(s) with your name, address and phone number. Security is limited and you must pick-up your item after the event on Friday night or the Saturday brunch.
On behalf of the Reunion Committee, Randi Ness Kelley is preparing a slideshow. Please email copies of your pictures to her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail copies to Randi Kelly, 5936 Oaklawn Avenue, Edina, MN 55436. Please forward copies to her by September 19.
See the enclosed form which includes all of the events you can participate in during the weekend of our reunion. Go online to register at: https://secure2.gac.edu/ecommerce/85 or use the form at the bottom of the schedule to send your registration in today! Don’t delay―we are all looking forward to seeing you at the reunion!!
Your Classmates on the 25 Year Reunion Committee:
Dan Balach Randi Ness Kelley
Brad Emch Jim Mara
Jim Gale Susan Scherb Path
Bob Gazzola Leandra Peak
Scott Gilyard Angie Roesner
Mark Hanson Brad Somero
Laurie Iverson Hassenstab Eileen Applegate Sternard
Susie Bjorling Heim Karin Stone
Jonathan Heller Randall Stuckey
Cynthia Hendricks Scott Winter
Cindy Zaine Karos Craig Yotter
Class Donors (June 1, 2007 to September 4, 2008)
Brenda Wilcox Abraham
Ronda Petersen Bayer
Renee Kampf Beattie
Lori Horecka Bird
Nancy Gudgel Blankenhagen
Natalie Carlson Bloomquist
Jody Quinnell Bongard
Julie Olson Brown
Cathy Lehman Caho
Patty Taft Carnis
Julie Boos Clay
Nancy Johnson Dahl
Brita Taracks DeRemee TaracksDaryl Doering
Elizabeth Jackman Doering
Kimberly Line Edwards
Connie Schmidt Fust
Leigh Gentz Gervais
Lynn Raymond Grisez
Dawn Rhode Gustafson
Laurie Iverson Hassenstab
Susie Bjorling Heim
Terri DeGiusti Henneman
Lori Tyler Heslep
Lisa Krause Heutmaker
Lori Holt Huska
Kathleen Applegate Iverson
Leslee Jackels Jaeger
Elizabeth Watzke Janson
Lisa Gisvold Johanson
Audrey Gaard Johnson
Lisa Anderson Johnson
Miranda Millen Johnson
Sheryl Brolander Johnson
Cindy Zaine Karos
Vicki Hall Kaul
Lori Carsen Kelly
Jill Johnson Koosmann
Barb Beestman Krall
Rebecca Schneider Lantz
Dagni Johnson Lee
Kristin Erickson Lee
Jayne Anderson Long
Heidi Ohr Lundgren
Chanda Smith Lyons
Mary Beth Sonderegger McRaith
Mary Dronen Meyer
Susan Luhman Michael
Stephanie Hatlestad Molzen
Joni Anderson Myers
Christine Beaver Neff
Diane Mattick Nelson
Cathy Schmidt Norelius
Cindy Belknap Olmanson
Nancy Gilbert Ostrom
Susan Scherb Path
Barbara Lundstrom Perkins
Ann Sponberg Peterson
Sue Anderson Peterson
Andrea Goldschmidt Pierson
Susan Fox Prieve
Beth Swanson Pursley
Terri Jo Heckman Reusch
Bev Matson Rose
Mary Anderson Rothfusz
Kathy Kerns Schroeder
Lucy Turner Skalbeck
Eileen Applegate Sternard
Judy Lund Straub
Michelle Larsen Swan
Chris Sorenson Swanson
Lois Langer Thompson
Barb Olmsted Thorne
Dena Angelos Tortorelis
Becky Dahl Tuchscherer
Susan Strand Vickerman
Ruthanne Hedstrom Vos
Cindy Reese Walker
Jackie Ellwein Williams
Ellen Ives Ziegler
Highlighted names represent those who have made a special reunion gift to Gustavus by supporting the Class of 1983 Scholarship