Class of '91
October 2001

Class of 1991 Ten Year Reunion recap!

What a fun night!  For those of you who were not able to join us, we were thinking of you, remembering you, and relaying your stories all the same!

Friday evening portion of our 10-year reunion started out at the DoubleTree Grand Hotel in Bloomington, where about 150 of our 1991 classmates, significant others and even a few children mixed with other reunion classes.  The band Trailer Trash helped set an atmosphere of celebration and fun, with an array of tunes from “Girl from Ipanema” to “I Love a Rainy Night.”  People from other classes were even drifting to our ballroom to join in the revelry!

Particularly in light of recent events, I was surprisingly heartened by the spirit of camaraderie and friendship Friday night.  It was remarkable to pick right up with some old friends where we had left off, while it was even more amazing to get reacquainted with classmates we recognized from the Caf, Hello Walk, or the Chapel, but never got to know as well.  Although catching up with classmates was surely a highlight of the event, I have to be a bit of a sap and tell you I was unexpectedly overcome by the true sense of togetherness that seemed to permeate the room, in this very time when the world is confronting forces of pain, anger and terror.  Thank you all for contributing to the energy of the evening!  I hope you had a good time.

While rain may have slightly dampened the Saturday Homecoming and Reunion festivities on campus, the celebration continued nonetheless.  The Homecoming football game had to be interrupted because of downpours and lightning, but there was still plenty of opportunity for campus tours, the Johns Family Courtyard dedication, class lunches and fun.  If you weren’t able to join in this time around, we’re already thinking ahead to the 15-year reunion!

Other updates from campus include…

Finally, look for something a little different coming from some of your Gustavus classmates this fall.  Instead of calling you and asking for news updates and your Alumni Fund pledges over the telephone, we will be trying to use e-mail to contact you instead.  If you haven’t already done so, please go to the Alumni section of the Gustavus website (gustavus.edu) and update your e-mail address on record, as well as your name, home address, and any other information you’d like to pass along.  Look for a friendly message from a classmate soon, and please consider making or increasing your donation to the college.  The college hopes to achieve participation from 50% of all alumni by the 50th anniversary of the Alumni Fund in 2004, so any gift you give will surely make a difference.

Also on the website, you can sign up for the monthly e-mail newsletter, @Gustavus, to stay abreast of the latest college news and other alumni events.

As Gustavus enters its 140th academic year, the 2001-2002 year opened with an enrollment of 2,540 full-time students including 670 first-year students.  The Class of 2005, selected from a record number of applications (2,163), includes 18 National Merit Scholars and 18 international students, doubling last year’s number of nine international students.

Last year Gustavus athletic teams finished 18th out of 395 competing in the NCAA Division III national Sears Directors Cup Standings.  Standings are based on national tournament finishes.  The Gustie women athletes won the MIAC All-Sports title for the first time in its 18-year history.

Gustavus ranked among top colleges – Gustavus is ranked in the second tier and one of the top 114 best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report magazine.  Gustavus ranked in the first tier in two categories, retention and graduation rates.  Gustavus’ first-year to sophomore retention rate of 92 percent ranks in the top 15 percent of all national liberal arts colleges and graduation rate of 76 percent ranks in the top 20 percent of all national liberal arts colleges.  Alumni giving ranks in the top 25 percent, down from the top five percent and a tier one ranking five years ago.  Raising the percentage of participation of alumni giving is of highest priority for the college and the offices of Alumni Relations and Gustavus Alumni Fund.

Comprehensive alumni directory – In partnership with Publishing Concepts, the Gustavus Alumni Association is publishing its fourth comprehensive alumni directory.  Surveys were sent to all alumni in August and information will be used only for publication of the directory and updating database information in the Alumni Office.  The book is available for purchase only by former students of Gustavus.  Please correct or update any information and return to Publishing Concepts in the enclosed envelope provided with the survey.

New chaplain announced - The Rev. Rachel Larson has joined Rev. Brian Johnson ’80 in the Office of the Chaplain.  Larson will work in partnership with Chaplain Johnson and the other members of the Office of the Chaplain to provide spiritual guidance, worship, leadership, counseling, teaching, and other pastoral services to Gustavus students, staff, and their families.  Larson is a graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and of what is now Luther Seminary in St. Paul.

Christmas in Christ Chapel, A Celtic Pilgrimage, is November 30 & December 1-2.  A ticket order form was inserted in the Fall Quarterly.  Contact Office of Public Affairs at 507-933-7520.

That’s about it from here!  Hope you all are having a terrific autumn.

Go Gusties!

Kim Osland

1991 Co-class Agent