Class of ’85

September 2013

Greeting Gustavus Class of 1985!

The old adage that if you don’t like the weather in Minnesota, just wait a bit and it will change has certainly been true in the last month.  Perhaps fall is here to stay at this point.  I hope this finds you well wherever you may be.

School is in at Gustavus with an incoming class of just over 640 students.  My oldest daughter is among them and she’s enjoying every minute so far.  Thankfully, I was not the only mother trying to get the mascara off her face at the conclusion of the convocation on move-in day.  I felt a little conspicuous wearing sunglasses practically the whole day!  This is the last incoming class to be welcomed by President Jack Ohle who announced his retirement in June.  A nationwide search is underway and the goal of the board is to have a new president in place next July.

Homecoming 2013 is fast approaching!  The weekend of September 27-28 is packed with activities for everyone.  Sporting events include women’s golf (Gustavus Invitational), men’s tennis ((USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships), women’s soccer (vs. St. Ben’s), football (vs. St. Olaf), and volleyball (vs. Macalester).  All are welcome to the All Gustie Lunch in the large tent north of the football field, as well as campus and sculpture tours on Saturday afternoon.  One might be interested in crashing the sunset and cocktails in the arboretum on Friday and the Pig Roast at Mark Hanson’s planned by the class of 1983!  Would you be interested in an informal gathering with the two classes ahead and behind us at Gustavus?  It’s an idea that has been fun for other classes.  Let me know via our Facebook page.

Nobel Conference 49, “The Universe and Its Limits” will explore such questions as:  What is the universe made of?  Where did it come from?  Where is it going?  The conference will be streamed live on the Gustavus website on October 1 and 2.  The annual Nobel Conference Concert in Christ Chapel, DARK ENERGY, will be presented by Jill Mosner, violin; Sharon Mautner-Rodgers, cello and Yumiko Oshima-Ryan, piano at 8 p.m. on October 1.

Gustie Breakfasts with President Ohle are scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on campus on October 9 and at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis on October 16.  (The Twin Cities breakfast is the third Wednesday of every month while the campus one is the second Wednesday of every month).  Join hundreds of fellow Gustavus alumni and Gustavus juniors and seniors on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Westin Galleria Edina for a networking event.  Network with those in the business, finance, communications, language arts, law, public service, biology, and technology fields while sharing your expertise with students looking for employment.  Scott Anderson, Class of 1989, president of Patterson Dental Company, will be the speaker at this event.  Check the website for more information on the breakfasts and networking event.

The Gustavus community welcomed two new chaplains to campus this fall.  Revs. Brian Konkel and Siri Erickson are working as a team and daily chapel is now known as Daily Sabbath.  You can check out their messages on the Daily Sabbath podcast on the website.

It occurs to me that the College's tagline “Make your Life Count” certainly applies to our class at this time in our lives.  We are deeply engaged with our families (children in school and college, aging parents, and, of course, those wacky siblings that make us eternally grateful that our society expects us all to move away from our parental home), our careers (members of our generation are likely to change jobs many times and it makes me wonder how many of us have changed careers as well along the way), and our communities (faith communities, civic communities, political communities).  Many of you continue to be engaged with Gustavus (Scott Swanson is on the Alumni Association Board, many others are mentors to current students, as well regularly attend athletic and arts events at the college, and watch their children “make Gustavus their own.”)  How and where are you engaged at this juncture in life?

Our class was seventh in participation and total giving among the fourth decade classes (1980-89) for the Annual Fund year ending May 31, 2013.  The Class of 1986 was ahead of us in total giving by less than $100.  Every Gift Counts.  Last year gifts of $50 or less to the Annual Fund totaled almost $300,000.  Thank you for your continued generosity.

Susan Johnson Chwalek

1985 Communication Chair