Class of '91
January 2006

15-Year Reunion ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Dear Class of ’91,

The days are getting longer, and soon we will be free from the grip of winter.  Although, writing to you from southern Indiana where the temperature will hit 50 degrees today, the grip isn’t as tight as we felt in St. Peter!  I do miss the snow and cold of the “tundra.”

The last time I addressed you as a group was 15 years ago this coming May (I was your commencement speaker).  Now you know, Dan Woodside here, your January guest class letter writer.  I promise not to wax nostalgia in this brief “hello,” but I would simply encourage you to mark your calendar for Saturday, October 7, 2006, when we can meet again at Gustavus.  There are many new building additions to the campus, and I understand that the post-tornado trees are coming along nicely.  We will provide more details about the events for the Reunion Weekend in future letters.

Class News~

  • Kris Breuing is head of industrial sales for Viking Forest Products in Edina, MN.
  • Susan M. Brown, Aurora, CO, is controller at Denver Options Inc., and owns a dog training and behavior consulting business called “Love My Dog Training.”
  • Doug Clark is a corrections specialist for the State of South Dakota Parole Department; wife, Tana (Dokken) Clark is a middle school behavior teacher for the Sioux Falls School Dist.
  • Betsy L. Willey is employed by Colorado West Mental Health Center as a mental health worker.
  • Rick L. Peterson recently purchased the Waseca Chrysler Center dealership in Waseca, MN.
  • Darcey R. Price is now vice-president of UnitedHealth Group of Minnetonka, MN.
  • Dan Woodside is the academic coordinator for science and mathematics for the Hudson & Holland Scholars Programs at Indiana University Bloomington.

Campus News~

Study Abroad Leader

Gustavus continues to be a leading institution for the number of students studying abroad, according to an annual ranking recently released by the Institute of International Education (IIE).  Consistent with its mission of giving students an education that is international in perspective, Gustavus was ranked seventh in the "Top 20 Baccalaureate Institutions" list of the institute’s "Open Doors 2005" report.  Gustavus was one of four Minnesota private colleges to make the list of 20.  The report was based on study abroad statistics from the 2003-04 academic year.  Gustavus students engage in international learning through various programs in more than 100 locations throughout the world, ranging from Australia to India and Ecuador to Sweden.  In recent years, 50 percent of Gustavus graduates have participated in at least one study-abroad experience.

New Carnegie Classification for Colleges and Universities

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching released a new classification system for institutions of higher education.  Gustavus’ classification is Arts & Sciences plus Professions, indicating that 60 to 80 percent of Gustavus students complete a traditional liberal arts major, such as political science, classics, or biology.  The new classifications describe five aspects of colleges and universities: instructional programs, enrollment profile, undergraduate demographics, size, and setting.  Undergraduate instructional programs are now designated as Arts & Sciences Focus, Arts & Sciences plus Professions, Balanced Arts & Sciences and Professions, Professions plus Arts & Sciences, or Professions Focus. 

Insurance Programs

The Alumni Association, in partnership with Meyer and Associates and Liberty Mutual, offers an insurance program to alumni and their families.  Products include insurance policies for life, short-term medical, auto, home, and renters.  For life and short-term medical insurance call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801 or visit www.meyerandassoc.com.  For auto, home, and renters insurance call Liberty Mutual at 800-524-9400 or visit www.libertymutual.com/lm/gustavus.

Gustavus to Perform at Orchestra Hall

The Gustavus Music Showcase will be Sunday, March 12, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.  The Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, and Gustavus Wind Orchestra will perform.  This is a unique opportunity to hear three premier ensembles from Gustavus in one concert.  This showcase also allows prospective students, parents, and alumni from the area to meet and connect.  For tickets, call the Orchestra Hall box office at 800/292-4141.  Tickets are $20 for general admission, and $10 for students 18 and under.

Athletics

Two big stories from the fall sports are that Hailey Harren won the national NCAA Division III cross country title and the men’s soccer team became the first MIAC school to play in the national championship game and finished second, losing 1-0 to defending national champion Messiah.  For the second consecutive year, men's soccer coach Larry Zelenz has been named Coach of the Year in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas NCAA Division III West Region.  The men's hockey team is unbeaten in conference play, outscoring their opponents 28-5 in four games.

Upcoming Music Tours

This year nearly 300 students will participate in music tours as members of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra, Gustavus Choir, Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel.  The Gustavus Wind Orchestra toured Eastern Europe Jan. 14-30.  Performances were scheduled for Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria.  The Gustavus Choir is touring Jan. 27-Feb. 11 (see schedule below), with performances in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Gustavus Jazz Lab Band, and Choir of Christ Chapel will tour during Spring Semester.

Gustavus Choir Tour Schedule

  • February 2 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Marshfield, WI, 7:30 p.m.
  • February 3 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Brainerd, 7:30 p.m.
  • February 4 at Central Lutheran Church, Winona, 7 p.m.
  • February 5 at Faith Lutheran Church, Winona, 8 a.m. morning service
  • February 5 at First Lutheran Church, Red Wing, 2 p.m.
  • February 11 at Christ Chapel, Saint Peter, 7:30 p.m.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Tucson, AZ Gustie Gathering - February 10
  • Phoenix, AZ Gustie Gathering - February 11
  • Sun City, AZ Gustie Gathering - February 12
  • Gustavus Music Showcase at Orchestra Hall - March 12
  • Atlanta, GA Gustie Gathering - March 26

I look forward to seeing you this October 6-7!  Oh, and please consider giving a financial gift to our beloved alma mater.  Financial support from alumni is important, especially when a large percentage of any class gives back to Gustavus.  Take care, and stop by if you’re in southern Indiana!

Dan Woodside

1991 Guest Letter Writer