Class of '40
September 2008

Dear Classmates,

On this beautiful fall day in Minnesota, I am on the Gustavus campus.  There is some light rain but it seems like all sunshine when we receive such warm welcomes from the Alumni Staff.

“Celebrate Gustavus” with emphasis on Excellence, Community, Justice, Service and Faith are their focal thoughts for the day.

Our new president, Jack Ohle spoke to us about his thoughts and dreams for Gustavus.  He is going to be an outstanding leader for our alma mater.  Talented students told us their dreams and aspirations.  Each one thanked the alumni for giving scholarships so some of their dreams could become a reality.

I have no class news to share this time.  Please send a note to me or the Alumni Office and let us know how you are doing.  We all like to hear news about classmates.  Fifty percent of our class members gave something to the Alumni Fund this year.  My dream is that each and everyone will give something this new year.  The class of ’40 can do that!

Campus News

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

Evelyn Strom Pearson

1940 Class Agent