Class of 2004
April 2005

Dearest friends from the class of 2004-

It has been almost one year since the fateful day we listened to the inspiring words of Paul Richardson. His words were like a slingshot that propelled us into the great abyss of the life yet to come.

Some of us have found real jobs, some tied the ever-binding knot, some are on their way to tying the ever-binding knot, some are post college wanderers, some are stuck trying to figure out which type of temporary health insurance is best. Who really knew what the real world would be like…?

Regardless of where our paths have led us thus far, we are still part of the Gustavus family. As in all families, we encourage you to stay in touch—and to share.

You see, our family is deeply in need of funding at this time, and probably will be for the rest of our lives. We know it is difficult to think about giving right now, so it is difficult to ask all of you, but please look between the couch cushions, underneath the seats in the car, on the sidewalk as you leave the bar on Saturday night, or into the depths of your heart for spare change to share with the younger generations. If everyone in our class gives $10, together we can raise approximately $5,000. So get to it! We have your names and numbers and we know how to find you; please do not make us go to those extremes.

We hope you have all been able to enjoy the spring weather and we hope to see you all soon!

Sincerely,

Signe Jordet and Crystal Gildea

2005 Co-Class Agents

P.S.  Here is some Campus News from the Alumni Office

Campus Briefs

Gustavus has been known for its strong tradition of alumni participation in annual giving.  Gusties support their Alma Mater in many ways and show their pride with their gifts.  All alumni and current students have benefited from previous and current support.  Gustavus will be as strong as its alumni want it to be.  The 2005 Alumni Fund closes May 31.  Make sure you are included with many members of your class and other alumni that have chosen to keep Gustavus strong.  Three easy ways to give – send your check to the Alumni Office (by using the enclosed envelope), call 866-487-3863, or on-line at https://secure.gac.edu/giving/giving.cfm.

Alumni Awards

The Gustavus Alumni Association has announced 2005 award recipients. 

The Greater Gustavus Award to:

  • George Torrey ’55 for his lifetime volunteer service and philanthropy to the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations to:

  • G. Barry Anderson ’76, Apple Valley, MN, associate justice, Minnesota Supreme Court;
  • Deanna Nelson ’64, Cary, NC, president/founder, BioLink Life Sciences, Inc.;
  • Rick Webb ’73, Edina, MN, owner of Ciao Bella, Zelo and Bacio Restaurants; and
  • John Wirth ’75, Pacific Palisade, CA, writer/executive producer, Paramount Studios. 

First Decade Awards to:

  • Joe Gaugler ’95, Lexington, KY, assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky College of Medicine;
  • Debbie Lightly Mascaro ’95, Fargo, ND, research scientist, North Dakota State University Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Sports

The Gustavus women’s hockey team finished third at the NCAA national championship after winning the MIAC title, the men’s basketball team won the MIAC regular season title and conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA national tournament, the men’s swimming and diving team won the MIAC title and placed seventh at the NCAA national tournament and had seven swimmers earn All-America honors and the women’s team had four swimmers earn All-America honors.

Extraordinary Students

Senior Rachel Batalden, a double major in mathematics and secondary education with a 3.898 grade point average and two-time MIAC All-Conference selection at setter for the women’s volleyball team, has been selected as one of 56 student-athletes from across the country to receive a $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Senior Paul Fraser, a music and computer science major has been selected as the winner of the second annual Caltech-Occidental Composition Contest for new music for concert band. The contest drew entries from all over the world, and as the winner, Paul will receive a cash award and a recording of the world premiere of the work at a concert by the Caltech-Occidental Concert Band in Pasadena, Calif., in May.

Bricks and mortar

Southwest Residence Hall is being constructed across the Campus Drive from the arboretum on the west side of the campus and is scheduled to be finished by June.  The L-shaped facility is configured with apartments for four and six and will accommodate nearly 200 students.  A hostel space for summer programs and confirmation retreat groups is included in the residence’s plans.

With the new Southwest Residence Hall coming on-line, the College will be taking down Wahlstrom Hall to make way for future residential construction.  Crews will start the dismantling process in July with asbestos abatement, and the Kasota-stone residence hall will be razed in August.  Alumni returning for reunion and commencement festivities on May 27–29 will be able to take a last tour through the building’s public areas, stairwells, and walk-through sections following a “decommissioning” ceremony to be held on Saturday morning, May 28.

Construction crews working on the renovation of Old Main discovered a cistern under the basement flooring in March.  Gutting the interior has provided evidence of layers upon layers of remodeling done over the years, including an old stairwell in the middle of the building and what appears to be an attempt to raise the third-floor ceiling.  The Old Main project, which includes the installation of an elevator in the northwest corner of the building, is scheduled to be completed in August.

The education and nursing departments have been relocated to the newly erected Mattson Hall, which is sited just west of the Schaefer Fine Arts Center and Prairie View Residence Hall, on the south side of the campus.  These departments will remain there until a new social science center is built at some point in the future.

Upcoming Events

  • Association of Congregations Meeting – April 23
  • G.I.V.E. Community Service Day – April 30
  • Class of 1955 and 50-Year Club Reunions – May 27 & 28
  • Commencement – May 29
  • Alumni Fund closes – May 31
  • Reunions on Homecoming – October 7 & 8
  • Nurses Reunion – October 8