Class of '87
February 2007

Dear Classmates/Friends:

I hope this letter finds you and your family in good health and spirit.  Tom Alexander here.  My family (Laura and I, Emily – 13, Erin – 11, and Ryan – 9) is currently caught up in a myriad of activities:  work, school, hockey, competitive dance and bowling.  The number of events never seems to slow down, just the sport/activities change with the seasons.  Each week speeds by and leaves us all tired and in need of some downtime.  But the downtime we all wait for, never seems to come.  So the last thing that I needed was to take on another project to eat up more of my free time.  However, in this case it was a project that I thought would be worth the extra time and effort, because it could result in an opportunity to slow down and rejuvenate.  My new project was the opportunity to help plan our 20th Reunion.

I am very excited about our upcoming Reunion on October 13, 2007.  Can you believe we left the protected confines of Gustavus 20 years ago this spring?  I can’t.  I am looking forward to re-meeting people I have not seen in 20 years, re-connecting with good friends that I have allowed to grow distant as we got caught up in our hectic lives, and re-connecting with Gustavus Adolphus College.

As I considered participating in the reunion planning, I began to reflect on a number of things, such as the friendships I had allowed to drift away.  That concern was magnified, in a very painful way, with the loss of one of our good college friends (Charlie Parnell) this past summer.  I had not seen Charlie in years, but still considered him to be a friend, and I regretted not having tried harder to stay in touch with him and many others.  Life flies by too quickly to allow friends to grow apart and not take action to stop that process.

So it was in this light that I agreed to assist in organizing our 20th Reunion.  I look forward to seeing and speaking to as many people as possible during the planning and at the Reunion.  I hope that you are as excited about this event as I am.  I wish that each of you would:  (i) fit the reunion into your schedule, (ii) generously remember Gustavus in your charitable donations during our reunion year (I already have, by more than tripling my normal donation); and (iii) take this opportunity to slow down with me and many others and enjoy the company of old friends and make some new ones as well.

God Bless, and see you on October 13.

Tom Alexander

Proud Member of the Class of 1987

P.S.      On February 11, I had the distinct pleasure of running into Pat Swetala at Play it Again Sports in Burnsville.  We hadn’t seen each other since graduation from Gustavus.  We had a wonderful conversation about our kids and youth hockey.  Pat, his wife and (I think my count was correct) four kids live in Lakeville.  Pat, I want to say thank you for approaching me in the store, because although you looked very familiar to me, I don’t know that I would have put the name to the face before one of us was ready to leave the store.

Class News 

Kian Dwyer had a book signing at Barnes & Noble Book Store in Mankato on March 25, 2006, for her book “Living Your Chosen Eulogy:  Live Today How You Want To Be Remembered.”

Christine Gustafson Fattore lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  She is a director of clinical research pharmacy services at Med Immune, Inc., and her spouse (Kent) is a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.  Thanks for your service Kent.

Edward Frickson lives in Oakdale, Minnesota.  He is a clinical psychologist for Ramsey and Hennepin County, and manages two children’s mental health programs in Ramsey County.

Stephen and Tracy (Melin) Klick live in Madison, Wisconsin.  Stephen is a mechanical field engineer at ACS, Inc.  Tracy is a manufacturing engineer, II for Thermo Electron Corporation.

Kris Lund lives in Le Garon, France.  She is vice director and researcher in language and cognitive sciences for Laboratore ICAR and her husband, Yannick Ricard, is a physicist/director at the French National Research Center.

Kristi S. Multhaup lives in Davidson, North Carolina.  She was named a Fellow in the American Psychological Association.

Roz Johnson Peterson lives in Lakeville, Minnesota.  She was elected to the Lakeville Independent School District No. 194 Board in November 2006.  Congratulations!

Campus News

Lindau Symposium brings Richard John Neuhaus to campus

The Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, a well-known conservative Catholic intellectual, will address “Religion in American Public Life” at the inaugural Lindau Symposium at Gustavus on Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.  A gift to the College from Phil ’58 and Nancy Lindau, given prior to Phil’s death last April, established the symposium at Gustavus that bears his name.  Lindau, a commodities broker and executive who served Gustavus as a board member, campaign chair, and longtime volunteer leader, was passionate about the faith-life intersection and the church-relatedness of his alma mater.  The symposium, which the Lindau family and College officials anticipate will be an annual event, aims to provide a forum in which diverse intellectual voices and mainstream beliefs and values can be brought together in a liberal arts environment.

Gustie Pages

Looking for a dentist, doctor, lawyer, pastor, Realtor, or other professional?  Make it a Gustie!  Look in the Gustie Pages, an online database of Gusties who have submitted information about their profession.  Use the Gustavus network to meet your needs, or submit your professional information if you would like other Gusties to become your customers.  Go to the Gustie Pages at the alumni website at:  <gustavus.edu/alumni>.

Career Connections with Students

Sign up now for the 2007 Gustavus Career Connections Reception.  The reception will be Monday, February 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Hilton.  The gathering allows Gustavus alumni to provide advice, encouragement, and career networking opportunities to Gustavus students seeking internships and career opportunities.  Alumni are invited to attend and assist current students in their career search.  You do not have to be hiring at your company to attend – just willing to share your experience.  E-mail the Career Center at career-center@gustavus.edu or call 507/933-7586 if you can attend or want more information.

Give Every Year to Gustavus?

Do you give to Gustavus every year and plan to give every year in the future?  Then you should become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society.  Members of the Cec Eckhoff Society simply make the public commitment that they plan to give financially to Gustavus every year.  It does not matter how much you give and this is not a formal pledge for a certain amount of money.  Cec Eckhoff ’56 led the alumni office from 1963-1994.  Cec believed that part of being an alum of Gustavus was to give monetarily each year to the College.  To become a member of the Cec Eckhoff Society, please call The Gustavus Fund office toll-free at 866/487-3863 or e-mail <gustavusfund@gustavus.edu>.  Thank you for your support of Gustavus!

Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students participated in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir and the Gustavus String Orchestra.  The Gustavus Choir toured Spain and Portugal January 11-30.  Performances were scheduled for Lisbon, Seville, Malaga, Grenada, and Madrid.  The Wind Orchestra toured Minnesota, Madison and Milwaukee, WI and Chicago.  The String Orchestra toured Nebraska, Kansas, and South Dakota.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Tucson Gustie Gathering – March 16
  • Phoenix Gustie Gathering – March 17
  • Sun City Gustie Gathering – March 18