Class of ’84
January 2011

Warm greetings, classmate,

Wherever this letter finds you, I hope that you are well.

The fact that 26+ years have passed since we were students at Gustavus is simply amazing to me.  Some of us even have children whose college experience is behind them!  I often wonder where the years, the months, the weeks, the days go.  It is so easy to rush through each day with all the busy-ness of life.  I spend a good amount of time being connected with the world at large−news of events is reported almost instantly, Facebook gives me updates of friends and acquaintances around the globe, I’ve even got an app on my iPhone to tell me what the weather is like in any given location...and then there are the “demands” of my boss, my family, and my friends, as well as the projects that I would like to start.  There is so much to do, and time just gets away from me.

I recently saw a quote by Michael Althsuler that made me pause:  “The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you’re the pilot.”  Living in this 2011 world, I may not be able to choose my schedule, but what a freeing up it is to know that I can choose to delight in the moments that come and go.  My small group at church is reading An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor.  In a nutshell she urges, “pay attention, slow down, and practice reverence.”  I am trying to take her advice to heart and look for opportunities in my busy day−to look around me with appreciation, to stop in my tracks and notice in delight, to use all of my senses to savor every experience.

Life may still go by quickly, but how wonderful it is to realize that I can choose to “pay attention” and enjoy the moments that bring the blessings of life.

Here’s news from some of our classmates:

Steve Andreasen was featured in the April 2010 issue of Minnesota Monthly.  If you missed it, you can still read it online at:  MNMO.com (search for Mr. Doomsday).

Kim Dunlap is living in Marquette, Michigan and works for Bell Memorial Hospital.

Steve ʼ83 and Sherry (Fisher) Eliason reside in Kennesaw, Georgia where she works for Georgia National Guard Bureau Technologies.

Linda Masse, lives in Minnetonka.  Her employer is Three Rivers Park District where she works as a park service supervisor.

Brenda Larson Powell is a substitute teacher in the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools.

Charles Schultz has been named president of Rebound Media, a communications and advertising company in Minneapolis.

Joel Webster and his wife, Linda, are living in Henderson, Minnesota.  He now works for Vertis Communications.

Kevin Whitaker of Plymouth, MN is now a tax partner in Moquist, Thorvilson, Kaufmann, Kennedy, LLC.

And here’s the news from The Hill:

Call for Distinguished Alumni Citation Nominees

Each year the Gustavus Alumni Association presents Distinguished Alumni Citations.  The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes outstanding and exceptional professional achievement, such as to bring unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor.  Criteria appropriate to selection shall include the difficulty of accomplishment; quality, creativity, and distinctiveness of performance; recognition by professional peers; and lasting contribution to the world of ideas and affairs.  While the citation is a professional award, humanitarian achievements may also be weighed.  Nominees are now being accepted by the Alumni Board of Directors; please e-mail a resume or curriculum vitae to Randall Stuckey ’83, director of alumni relations, at rstuckey@gustavus.edu.  For a complete list of past recipients, view the awards website.

Gustavus Choir Tour

The Gustavus Choir is embarking on a tour of Italy this month.  The 57 student musicians, under the direction of Greg Aune, will travel to and sing at various locations in Italy Jan. 13-28.  As is the case with each Gustavus international music tour, it includes an educational component.  The students are learning about the Italian Renaissance in the month-long Cultures of Creativity course taught by Chaplain Brian Johnson ʼ80.  Joining the Gustavus Choir is a companion tour of 15 Gustavus alumni, parents, and friends.

Gustavus Wind Orchestra Tour

Under the direction of Douglas Nimmo, the Gustavus Wind Orchestra will tour Minnesota and Wisconsin between the January Interim and Spring Semester.  All concerts are free and open to the public.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 7 p.m. – Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd

Sunday, Jan 30, 3 p.m. – Central High School Auditorium, Duluth

Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m. – Wausau East High School, Wausau, WI

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m. – Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton, WI

Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. – Schauer Arts and Activities Center, Hartford, WI

Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m. – St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Middleton, WI

Saturday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. – St. John Lutheran Church, Owatonna

The tour will wrap up with a home concert on Saturday, Feb. 12. at 2 p.m. in Christ Chapel.

“Come on You Gusties” Breakfasts

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie breakfasts.  New in January was the start of the breakfasts in St. Peter.  Minneapolis breakfasts are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, St. Peter breakfasts are the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

The speaker at both the breakfasts for February will be Tom Crady, vice president for enrollment management.  The Minneapolis breakfast is Wednesday, Feb. 16, 8–9:30 a.m., at the Doubletree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Blvd. Cost is $10 at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@gustavus.edu or by calling 800-487-8437.

The St. Peter breakfast will be Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30–9 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the C. Charles Jackson Campus Center.  Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for two, payable at the door.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing gustiebreakfast@gustavus.edu or by calling 507-933-7512.

Upcoming breakfasts include; Kate Knutson, political science professor, in March; and Warren Wunderlich, director of the physical plant, in April.

Chapter Gatherings

This year President and Kris Ohle have many travel dates planned in order to reach out to all of our alumni and bring them an update from the College.  Please mark your calendar if you live in or near one of these locations:

Seattle – January 27 – Pike Brewing Company

Tucson – February 8 – Warren and Donna (Gabbert) Beck ’66 ʼ67 residence

Phoenix – February 10 – Fired Up Grill

Denver – February 11 – Denver Athletic Club

Boston – March 2 – Henrietta’s Table

New York – March 4 – The Birdland Jazz Club

Washington, DC – March 5 – Council of Advancement Support of Education headquarters

Jacksonville, FL – March 26

Orlando – March 28

Tampa – March 29

Naples – March 30

Chicago – April 2

Lynn Lutz McGinty

1984 Guest Letter Writer