Class of '91
April 2006

15-Year Reunion ― October 6 & 7, 2006

Greetings!

As I compose this letter to you the Class of ’91 during springtime in Minnesota, I am sorting through many thoughts and feelings.  The most prominent theme is one of joy thinking back fifteen years to the spring of 1991.  The many spring reflections that travel through my mind are of students involved with “spring rush” and the anticipation of the Greek banquets, grilling, playing hacky with tunes blaring through dorm windows, “Barn Busts,” catching rays behind the complex, honors day, final senior projects, concerts and performances followed by Senior Week and finally commencement.

I believe it is safe to say in addition to these joys we all had some fears as well.  The reality that the comfort of the structure provided by the school year would soon be vanishing before our very eyes.  Starting in grade school and finally finishing with college we for the most part, knew what was mapped out the next year.  The reality that we soon would be freshman in the game of life stirred many feelings in all of us ranging from excitement to concern.  I am trusting that most of you have come to a similar conclusion; the experience at Gustavus prepared us to move into the next phase of our lives.  I know that I grew and continue to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually because of the foundation from my parents and the cultivation of that foundation at Gustavus.  The physical foundation from athletics specifically football for me, mentally from the stimulating academic environment, emotionally from the tight social setting provided by a residential liberal arts college and last but not least the spiritual nurturing from a Christian based college have proven to be priceless to me.

As Gustavus closes another academic year, providing current and future students an exceptional college experience remains a key component to the mission of the college.  As you stroll down memory lane, please remember those people who generously contributed to Gustavus enabling us to have an excellent college experience.  We the class of ’91 may not be able to thank these people who preceded us directly however, we can pay forward by considering contributions to the college today.  Please join with me in providing stewardship in the form of time, service or treasure to Gustavus to continue a strong tradition the Gustie way!

Looking forward to seeing all of you Saturday October 7th!

Steve Ritz

1991 Reunion Committee Member

Class of 1991 Gustavus Fund Giving

It is never too late to think about making a donation to the Gustavus Fund to mark the 15th anniversary of our graduation.  Our class has a goal of raising $30,000 in donations.  To date we’ve already raised over $20,000 and that is with only 10% of our classmates having donated.  Giving is even easier these days via Gustavus’ secure on-line tool:  https://secure2.gac.edu/giving

Reunion Reminder

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7th!  Join your fellow classmates at The Dive for some tailgating before and after the Homecoming game.  Details to follow.

We need your help to create a Class of ’91 DVD slideshow for the party.  Dig through your old photo albums and pick out a handful of your favorite photos of your days at Gustavus.  We are also looking for your suggestions for background music that will accompany the photos.  It doesn’t have to be music that was released during this time-but should be songs that many of our classmates listened to from 1987-91.  We can insert video clips in addition to pictures.  All originals will be returned to you this summer.

Package up those photos/videos and send to:

Pam Iverson

1633 Greystone Road

Hastings, MN 55033

For more info about submitting photos, video clips and songs call Pam at:  651-438-0133.

Campus News

The Alumni Board met on campus in February and made the final selection for the Alumni Awards:

Greater Gustavus Award:  Gustavus Library Associates, for providing financial resources for Folke Bernadotte Library, and engaging and introducing alumni and friends in the mission of the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations:  Karen Bossart Rusthoven ’66, St. Paul, MN, founder and principal of Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Susan Semple-Rowland ’77, Gainesville, FL, professor of neuroscience, University of Florida and director, Neuroscience IDP Graduate Program; and Magnus Ranstorp ’85, St. Andrews, Scotland, chief scientist at the Centre for Asymmetric Threat Studies, Swedish National Defense College; and a Senior Honorary Research Associate and former Director of Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

First Decade Awards:  Rebecca Konrad ’96, Washington, DC, investment officer, global transaction team, The World Bank International Finance Corporation; and Milo Martin ’96, Philadelphia, PA, assistant professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Pennsylvania. 

The awards will be presented on Commencement Weekend or Homecoming Weekend depending on the recipient’s schedule.

Gustavus Alumni Directory

The 2006 Gustavus Alumni Directory will be published soon and our goal is to represent your information as accurately as possible in the printed edition.  PCI:  the data company, is publishing our directory and a short phone call will update or verify your information.  Call toll free:  1-800-982-1589, Monday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CST, and Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CST.  International callers dial:  1-972-386-0100, Monday-Friday CST.

Short Term Medical (STM) insurance Available

Short Term Medical Insurance can fill the temporary needs of those without health insurance, usually at a lower cost than other alternatives.  Alumni and their families may apply.  This is perfect for children of alumni who are graduating (even if they did not attend Gustavus) and aren’t yet covered under an employer’s health plan.  Contact the program administrator at Meyer and Associates at:  800-635-7801 or www.meyerandassoc.com about this and other sponsored life, medical, auto and homeowners insurance.

Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.)

Gusties love to serve while they are students and after they graduate.  Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.), the annual day of community service, will focus in the Twin Cities’ Phillips Neighborhood.  This 1.6 square mile section of Minneapolis has 3,100 families, and 31 percent of those families live below the poverty level.  This neighborhood also is home to the American Swedish Institute.  Come out to help make the community a little better.  To learn more about G.I.V.E. Day and to register, go to gustavus.edu/alumni.

Gusties Gather!

Gusties around the world are called to gather on Sunday, August 6!  The Alumni Board is designating this day as a way for Gusties to stay connected with each other.  In research among alumni, we know that Gusties already stay in contact with many alumni, and we know that Gusties have a strong interest in staying connected with other Gusties and with the College.  Ever think you want to do more to be connected with Gustavus?  Now is your chance, signup to host a Gusties Gather! event.  Complete event checklist, host kit, and details will be provided.  Sign-up via e-mail at <alumni@gustavus.edu> or call 800/487-8437.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gusties In Volunteer Endeavors (G.I.V.E.) Day of Community Service in Minneapolis – April 29
  • Gustavus Library Associates Author Day with Robert Alexander – May 3
  • Reunion for Class of 1956 and 50-Year Club – May 26-27
  • Commencement – May 28
  • Gusties Gather! – August 6
  • Reunions for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 – October 6-8
  • Homecoming/Family Weekend – October 7 & 8

Classmate Notes

  • Steve Clay is CEO of DCC Solutions LCC, an inbound telemarketing firm.
  • Susan Marie Engel is the athletic department’s Kids’Club Director at the University of New Hampshire.
  • Terry Iverson is owner of The Legacy House Retreat Center in Red Wind, MN and DVD Memories.  His wife, Pam Twernbold Iverson is compensation manager for RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. and helping with our reunion video.
  • Julie Maynard-Johnson and Timothy Johnson ’93, gave birth to their first child, Satchel Henry Johnson, on January 14, 2006.
  • Juliellen Simpson-Vos is director for Tel Ability.  Her husband, Mark Simpson-Vos ’93, is editor for University of North Carolina Press.