Class of 2008
September 2008

Dear 2008 Classmates:

This is our first official class letter since our graduation but it is sure not to be our last.  Class letters are written mostly by our class agents but we will also be employing the many writing talents of our class as guest writers to help mix it up.

A few weekends ago, over 70 generations of Gusties gathered on-campus for the annual fall volunteer leadership conference.  The class of 2008 was in full representation and it was great for us to be able to see the enthusiasm and commitment that existed within the other class agents.  Hearing about their life experiences and passionate stories about Gustavus only inspired us in our role as class agents to assist our class in remaining connected with each other as we venture down the hill.

So, what can we do to ensure that we remain close, connected, and involved in each other’s lives…?  (Besides creeping around on Facebook…we’re all guilty of doing it)  Though we’ve only been gone from campus for four months, withdrawal has quickly set in for many when we did not return to school this fall, while others are ecstatic to be starting the next chapter of their lives.  Although it is arguably easier than ever to stay connected now, we still find ourselves separated and apart from our classmates, so keep those Facebook messages coming and let your class agents know what you are doing―it’s our job to keep this class connected.

For those classmates that will be within the metro, join the Class of 2008 for our very own Gusties Gather this Saturday, September 27 at Williams Pub in Uptown.  Since we don’t get to go back to Gustavus this fall…Let’s all get together for a reunion in the cities!

Gusties Gather! is a day for Gusties across the country to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area.  It is a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and is in no way a fund raiser.  So we decided to put together a reunion for our class at William's in uptown on Saturday night at 9pm, September 27!  It will be very laid-back.  Feel free to stop by for any part of the night and hang out with your fellow Gusties.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the class agents (Erin Larson, Katelyn Nelson, Donny Bechtle, John Michaletz, or Adam Eckhardt).  Hope to see you all out there!

And don’t forget, wear a Gustavus shirt!

Homecoming weekend, Saturday, October 4 - Football game vs. St. Thomas starts at 1:30pm.  Our class has its very own tent that we can stop by, grab some snacks and just hang out.  Also this will be a place to hang out at near the beer tent that will also be by all of the other reunion tents.  It would be great to see a lot of our class here so if you are in the area, mark your calendars and be ready to get your party on.  Perhaps a dance party in the DIVE will happen after the game, who knows.

A shout out to all of the classmates who have been married, engaged, employed, moved abroad, etc.  There is so much new news going on within our class right now that it would take up the entire letter to tell it all, and that’s a good thing!  Check out all of the updates in the most recent Gustavus Quarterly with the class of 2008 repping the front cover!!!  Our news section is in the back of magazine.  If you want your information in the Quarterly, or have updates for the Gustavus Alumni Office, feel free to submit your changes to:  alumni @gustavus.edu or if you want to share your news with the class agents and the alumni office send it to:  2008classofficers@gustavus.edu.

Campus News

Even though it hasn’t been long since we have been off the hill, here’s what is coming up on campus.

Presidential Inauguration

Gustavus Adolphus College will inaugurate Jack R. Ohle as its 16th president at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3 in Christ Chapel.  The public is invited to celebrate this event along with a reception on Eckman Mall that will follow the ceremony.  On Homecoming, Saturday, Oct. 4 Gustavus will celebrate with an Oktoberfest; buffet-style dinner immediately following the Homecoming football game in the Lund Center Forum.  Cost is $7 per person.  For more information about Inaugural Week events, contact the Office of College Relations at 507-933-7520.

Gusties Gather!  The Reason to Connect with Other Gusties

Gusties Gather! is a day for Gusties across the country to have an opportunity to connect or re-connect with other Gusties in their area.  It is a time to build Gustavus friendships and networks and is in no way a fundraiser.  Most gatherings are on Sept. 28.  Watch for gatherings in your area or check out the Alumni website for a location near you.

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

Join other Minneapolis/St. Paul area Gusties for a morning cup of coffee and breakfast while getting an update on Gustavus.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Future presenters include Tim Robinson ’65, director of Nobel Conference 2008, in October and in November Tom Young ’88, vice president for institutional advancement.

Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy. 394 & Hwy. 100)

Third Wednesday of the month - 8-9:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at:  763-533-9083.

Nobel Conference ― Who Were the First Humans?

Nobel Conference XLIV is scheduled for Oct. 7 and 8, 2008 and is focusing on the first humans.  Presenters will consider the full range of recent evidence about the first modern humans going beyond archaeologists and paleoanthropologists to the work of biologists, climatologists, geneticists, mathematicians, and psychologists who have been adding to the scientific database.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Gusties Gather! - Sept. 28
  • Presidential Inauguration/Homecoming/Family Weekend - Oct. 3-4
  • Nobel Conference - Oct. 7-8
  • Gustie Breakfast with Tim Robinson ’65, Director of Nobel Conference – Oct. 15

Best regards,

Erin Larson, Katelyn Nelson, Donny Bechtle, John Michaletz, and Adam Eckhardt

Your 2008 Class Agents