Class of ’51

September 2012

Dear Classmates and Spouses,

We hope you had a great summer!  It is quiet on campus after the summer camps end.  This letter will bounce around from the new students (721) to the last commencement and Reunion weekend to news from Canada, Tanzania, and St. Peter.

The Gustie Greeters made a sign for a freshman’s dorm room:  Don’t worry Mom; your son will be safe with us.

I’m happy Ray Lundquist attended the Class Officer’s Day at the American Swedish Institute.  I’m sorry I worried you Ray, by my absence.  I need to limit my time in the building as I am sensitive to chemicals.  I will look forward to seeing the new Center made by Carl and Leslie Nelson.  I’m sure Ray will cover a lot of what took place on August 31.  Ray is our Vice President/Reunion Chair and Annual Fund Chair.  Bravo to him and you for our achievements!  John Norman is our Recruitment Chair, be sure to read their letters and volunteer to help them in their tasks.

The Alumni office said St. Olaf’s endowment is over $340 million.  “Hopefully someday we’ll catch up to the Olies.”  I agree with Ray Lundquist that our grand total was marvelous.  Participation was 61%.  Thanks Ray for focusing on that Annual Fund for us and for writing all those thank you letters!

Maybe you were shocked that so many recent grads were earning $70,000 or more.  Actually, only four percent were that lucky in 2011.  Many of the rest were in grad school that year!

Our daughter Lynn ’84 and son-in-law Dan McGinty ’84, recently bought a cottage on Park Point across the aerial lift bridge in Duluth.  It is close to Donn and Donna Larson’s home.  We had a warm welcome there in August.  There was a good view of the strong waves on Lake Superior that evening!

I’m stealing this email of 2011 to the class of ’84, by our son-in-law Dan McGinty ’84.

“Wherever this letter finds you, I hope you are well.  The fact that 26+ years have passed since we were students at Gustavus is just amazing to me.  The fact that we have a son who has already experienced his four years on the Gustavus campus and a daughter who will graduate in 2012, really gives me pause.  I often wonder where the years, the months, the weeks, the days go.  It is so easy to rush through each day with all the busy-ness of life.  I spend a good amount of time being connected with the world at large—news of events is reported almost instantly, Facebook gives me updates of friends and acquaintances around the globe, I’ve even got an app on my iPhone to tell me what the weather is like at any given location.  My small group at church is reading An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor.  In a nutshell she urges, “Pay attention, slow down, and practice reverence.”  I am trying to take her advice to heart and look for opportunities in my busy day; to look around me, stop in my tracks and notice, use all of my senses, and enjoy the blessings of life.”

                On July 17, one of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations was in Duluth.  I know that Don Berg was there.  Our daughter sent us an email from her iPhone:  FLASH!  Dwight and Carol (Matson)Holcombe just got the Sesquicentennial Sculpture!  (Therefore, I know Dwight and Carol were there!)  Our son-in-law, Dan McGinty was given the mike.  He said, “My best experience at Gustavus was meeting Lynn.  We took a class together from Professor Alexis, Wilderness Literature which covered Hawk’s Ridge (Duluth), the North Shore and the Boundary Waters.”

On August 31, the first year and transfer students came up College Avenue with enthusiastic Gustie Greeters welcoming them.  What a great tradition to keep according to our daughter, Lynn ʼ84.  She considers the “book-ends” of coming (four full days) and leaving (Senior Week) −to be invaluable to their Gustavus experience.  Lynn and Dan’s third child, Lyle McGinty, is in the Class of 2016.  Philly Kauffman (Alumni Office) said her daughter is entering, too.  Members hail the class of 2016 members from 30 states and 9 other countries.

How did those parents feels bringing their kids to start Gustavus?  I know that those who stand behind Kyle, our grandson, today are thankful for a college like Gustavus that is ready to receive him, nurture and educate him for the next four years.  Being a 5th generation Gustie, he knows some of the history but he was only three when the tornado hit.  Being the brother of a 2010 grad and a 2012 grad, he is excited to start his journey, his sister came along to say goodbye.

Our daughter took this prayer from the Chapel bulletin and put it on her Facebook wall:

“Oh God, we place our beginning in your continuing confident of your gracious presence and so free for the big things now to be learned and received and enacted.  We pray that this day we have received from you we may give back to you in wonder, love and praise.”

I enjoy being seeing the photos on the Gustavus website.  The cars go up College Avenue and are met by the incredible Gustie Greeters who really know how to help the new students and their parents laugh!  See photos of 1).  Football players working hard to help students move in.  2).  A message on a sidewalk: “Dear 2016, we’re so EXCITED that you’re here!”

It is easy for me to pray for the students when I am at Chapel.  I pray that you will join in, too.  I often light a candle for a student on the large candelabra created by the late professor, Don Gregory.  His daughter, Anne Gregory Bruggeman ʼ75, is a faithful “Chapel-goer.”

The Lutheran quotes a mother, “I pray that God will take our efforts and turn them into something magnificent within her…she is indeed a child of God.”  (Sept. 2012).

When I asked Philly Kauffmann how her daughter was doing, she said, “She’s loving it!  She and her roommate really hit it off.  She enjoys her whole section; they do a lot of activities together so they really get to know each other.  It’s been a lot of fun.”

It’s the second week of the first semester.  I asked our grandson, Kyle how it was going.  “Overwhelming−but in a good way,” he said.  Oh, yes and he likes the food.  Our daughter drove down for the afternoon and evening.  We sat in a row listening to the incredible author of The Other Wes Moore which the new students were required to read.  The Chapel was packed.  Wes More said, “It is not about you, but what you do for humanity after you graduate…  Appreciate what people did for you…  We’re here because of a great God…  God is talking to you.  Listen!  I learned the power of faith when I was a teen…  My grandfather was a minister…faith plays an incredible part in my life!”

Our grandson, Kyle, said they had a blast during orientation.  Now when he picks up his guitar and starts singing about 20 kids join in.  He’s on third floor of Pittman Hall and has a great view over the valley.

From the ELCA Prayer Ventures, August:   “As the fall semester begins, pray for the faculty and staff of the 26 ELCA partnered colleges and universities as they prepare to educate and mentor our leaders of tomorrow.”

Chapel homilist Tim Kennedy ʼ82, VP for marketing and communications told us, “This incredible crowd of witnesses at Gustavus…nurtured me the past 30 years…  They weave their faith into their daily lives…  We are committed to helping you!”

I was privileged to hear visiting professor Matt Rasmussen ’98, read his prize-winning poetry about his brother’s suicide.  Black Aperture, won the Whitman Award, “You can’t get any bigger than this” said Professor Phil Bryant ʼ73.  Prof. Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota Poet Laureate, said in the Gustavus Weekly in May, “I’m one of his all-time fans.”  Back when Bryant and Sutphen were his professors at Gustavus, Rasmussen was one of the many students who came back from Spring Break in 1998 to a campus in ruins….”like his classmates, Matt showed incredible courage and a strong will to get through everything and finish off the school year, according to Bryant.”

Don’t miss the art exhibit of “150 Years of Swedish Art!”  It ends December 2 which is also the last day of Christmas in Christ Chapel!

Former Bishop, Herb Chilstrom has done a lot for Gustavus from serving on the Board to being the Director of the Arboretum for two years.  A Journey of Grace, The Formation of a Leader and a Church, an autobiography by Herbert Chilstrom, is a fantastic book.  He ponders:  “How much do we determine the outcome of our lives?”  He writes, “Our personal decisions are of great consequences, but only within a larger circle of the will and purpose of God.  That’s the best I can do with this conundrum.”

Please read the last page and the quote from Reinhold Niebuhr which includes, “Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope…faith…love…and forgiveness.”

Denny and Paula Lofstrom, send this information.  A medical student from London wrote, “Here amidst the dust, poverty and a lot of huge rocks, I found a couple and their friend who have been devoted to the health of the Tanzanian people for over 10 years.  I never could have imagined a more passionate, loving, and generous set of people as Paula and Denny Lofstrom and Mary Ellen Tordsen Kitundu ʼ65.  The work they have done in Nyakato…has provided an incredible service to the people here and I have enormous respect for them.”

Denny Lofstrom writes:  “Since my 84th birthday we’ve decided I should semi-retire, work only halftime-40hours a week!  Big joke−it just doesn’t happen.  When we have med students-197 from 13 countries last year−90 some scheduled for this year already−we have sessions that go late into the evening.  Always stimulating and keeps this old pathologist on his toes.”  He continues, “We will be touring the U.S. and Canada starting in October of 2012 and all of 2013.”  They will be raising money for a new Children’s Hospital in Tanzania.   Zinga is north of Dar-es-Salaam and only one mile from the broad, white sand beaches of the Indian Ocean.  Their email is still  They are with International Health Partners, Tanzania.

Congratulations goes out to our own, Ray Lundquist who received a Sesquicentennial Award for his service and support of Gustavus.  He received his award at the Gustie Breakfast on September 19, which was held at the American Swedish Institute.  It was the first time the breakfast was held in its new location and a big group was in attendance.  This award was well-deserved and we’re proud of you, Ray, and all that you do for Gustavus!

Marie Norberg Bergstrom ’50, (Vern Bergstrom’s widow) spent a splendid fall day with us.  We sat in the student-made Adirondack chairs outside, enjoyed the Chapel service and then a delicious lunch at Stan and Marie (Schafer ʼ52) Benson’s home.  The three of them told stories of their fathers coming to this country in their teens and working hard.  My grandfather Augustus Nelson took the ship from southern Sweden when he was 17.  He worked on a relative’s farm to earn money to attend Gustavus.  His dream was completed when he graduated with that famous first class of six men in 1890.  Then he attended Yale and Augustana Seminary.

As we sat around Benson’s table, Stan Benson shared with us stories.  “Dr. George Hall called Clarence Budke and me into his office.  He said, “You guys have given two years to the Army.  It is time you give two years to the church.”  Stan said they needed teachers on the mission field in Borneo.  Then I went to Tanganyika Territory for another two years.  I did a lot of traveling to help set up schools for the Maasai.  I lived with Reverend Richard Reusch, my uncle.  When I came back in 1956, I was given a cheap booking on a refugee ship from England to New York City.  When school began I went to Augustana Seminary.”

Many of you know the rest of Stan and Marie’s story of 33 years serving as missionaries in northern Tanganyika.  Now they are celebrating 20 years in St. Peter.  In September they got to watch their grandson, Sam Benson run in a cross country meet at Eden Prairie High School.

Art and Dorothy (Conrad) Gaard, Inver Grove Heights writes, “At the last Annual Alumni gathering we had the opportunity to talk very briefly to Dorothy Johnson Lutz, our Class Agent.  We told her about our recent trip to Chicago for our Seminary Class ’50 Reunion.  Our class was the last class of the former Augustana Church (Rock Island, Illinois) to graduate from Augustana Seminary at Chicago is the result of the merger of four seminaries of the merging church bodies forming the Lutheran Church in America (LCA).

LSTC royally hosted our 50th Reunion, arranging our stay at the Ramada Inn on Chicago’s Lakeshore Drive, shuttling us back and forth to the Seminary campus where we enjoyed varied activities, the highlight of which was worshipping in the newly created Augustana Chapel and processing with (and witnessing) the graduation of the current class of students.

We drove to and from the Reunion in Chicago.  We took two days driving to Chicago (via Madison) to visit with granddaughter, Ashley Gaard.  She is a recent graduate of Wisconsin University and has secured a position in her field of study at a firm in Madison.  The two day return trip was via Winona, where we visited with grandson, Andrew Gaard, who is attending the University there.  In addition to the time we spent at the Chicago Reunion, we spent three additional days visiting family and friends in Chicago.

We had originally planned to go by train, and our children were happy about that.  But by going the “leisurely” way as listed above, we were able to waylay their concerns.  We are happy to report that we did NOT ding the car!  But it was good to get back to our own digs and we are mostly recovered!  Well, we were the oldest members of our class, but that’s to be expected when becoming a pastor was my third career!”

You are important!  Alumni giving is one of the areas U.S. News and World Report used to rank Gustavus in the top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges.    SEND YOUR GIFTS AND NEWS NOW!

Many people talk of the relationship with professors and the other students and how important they were.  You could send me lots of news on those subjects.  I’d also like to have some quotes about the canteen, chapel, caf, library, etc.  Let’s have some fun in these letters!

Don Berg, Superior, WI, wrote, “Thank you for your class letter.  It’s always beautifully put together.”

“I got two big jolts of Gustavus with the Gustavus Quarterly, and your class letters,” said Marie Norberg Bergstrom ʼ50.  She has to read them with a magnifying glass.

The class of 1952 has the Garmame Wondafrosh and Seifu Selassie Scholarship Endowment.  Maynard Jacobson ’52 wrote a letter talking about these two Ethiopian students at Gustavus and what happened to them when they returned to Ethiopia.  Garmame was shot as a revolutionary leader.  Seifu was Director of Education.  Maynard Jacobson continues writing about Seifu.  “For his efforts he ended up dying in an Ethiopian jail…probably about 1974.  Garmame was involved in education and economics, and for Seifu it included politics.  It is hard to ignore the profound meaning of such sacrifice and the values these classmates represent…as you encounter educated Ethiopian immigrants, I urge you to ask them if they have heard of Garmame in their country…we have the opportunity to spread the story of recognizing the impact Gustavus had on such giants of humanity as Garmame and Seifu.  This is worth celebrating.  It is the major justification that we remember them and their values through our class (1952) Garmame Wondafrosh and Seifu Selassie Scholarship Endowment.”  Thanks to Maynard for this letter.  When Stan and Marie (Schafer ʼ52) Benson traveled through Ethiopia in 1969 Seifu came to the airport in Addis Ababa to see them off to Tanzania to their missionary work with the Masai.

In the last Gustavus Quarterly, did you see the photo of Bill and Marilyn (Barnes) Robertz on pg. 37 and of Roy and Donna (Seaberg ʼ50) Johnson on pg. 43?  Our sincere sympathy to the families of Paul Sifford, Irene Carlson Sundberg, Robert A. Peterson and Matthew Webster.  The office does not forward the obituaries to us anymore so be sure to look at the “In Memoriam” at the end of each Quarterly.  If you want to send us more information please mark it for the class letter.

Watch for the note in the next Quarterly about Revered George Olson just happening to be on campus when his son and granddaughter where there too!

Stan and Marie enjoyed his 61st and her 60th reunion weekend.  Also, back for our 61st anniversary Dorothy (Conrad) and Art Gaard, Ray and Lorraine Lundquist, Bill and Marilyn (Barnes) Robertz and Dorothy (Johnson) and Paul Lutz.

Gustavus email news:  Gustavus Greeks 6th in Nation.”  Katie ’13, Tau Mu Tau Sorority at Gustavus wrote, “Our three pillars as a Greek community are leadership, service, and scholarship, and I think that all of our organizations are dedicated to upholding and exemplifying these values.  I’ve never seen students so passionate about philanthropy as are the Greek students here.  We truly strive to be leaders in our community and we have fun doing it.”

It was great fun reading the quotes from 10 first year students with Gustavus news email.  Jeff Nelson said, “I really liked the feel of the campus and really liked the people I met when I visited.”  Another student from Hanoi, Vietnam said, “I’ve heard this is a very good school with very nice people and that it’s a close knit community here.”

Here I Study is a pamphlet by Dennis Sepper, what is means to attend a Lutheran College or University.  He has Luther pretending to talk with the reader.  Sorry, you’ll miss the silly cartoons of Luther.  Luther says, “Finally, Lutherans like to have fun.  We laugh a lot because laughter is a gift of God…”  (You get a feel for this charming pamphlet.)  Check out:

Former President, Dennis Johnson ’60 spoke at the St. Peter Breakfast last spring.  Someone asked, “Do the Gustavus students love Gustavus as much as we did?”  “YES!”  He said he served on the Board of Trustees under President Edgar Carlson ʼ30.  He marveled at the “magic Carlsonian language of his.”  He continued, “Being a part of the Tornado Team was one the hardest, but most rewarding tasks.  It was a remarkable experience…  The biggest delight was the students!

A video on the Gustavus website presents students saying!  “This is a beautiful place!”  “Because of the community!”  “It was the perfect place to go!”  Sophomore, Nick Nigro said, “I knew I liked it…as you drive up the hill you see Old Main…in your heart you just know...”

An email from a missionary in Tanzania to Marie and Stan Benson, who moved to St. Peter 20 years ago, “We still love you and Stan and miss you.  And you are still with us in the big family.”  Stan and Marie flew to Bozeman, MT, for 10 days to visit with their son Jeff and his wife and family.  Jeff flew back to Seoul, Korea.  His wife and family will follow later.  Another son, Todd ʼ83, and his wife are moving from Uganda to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  He will still work for the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Watch the “In Memoriam” the next Quarterly for Janice Laramie Langsjoen’s name.  Our sympathy to her family.

Betty Reusch Anderson-Oussoren wrote from Kenora, Canada, “This past weekend our Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Diamond Jubilee-60 years on the throne and what a wonderful queen she has been!

                She was 25 when she was crowned queen in June 1952.  Her two eldest children−Charles and Ann were very young−4 and 2 (I believe).  Andrew and Edward came along later.  All through her reign Elizabeth has been a model queen.  She has always comported herself with dignity.  Duty, “was her watchword.”  Publicly, wherever she went, whatever she did, she did as a head of state.  She was above politics and petty bickering.  She was a great ambassador for Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

                During her long reign much has happened−not all of it good.  Britain saw the dissolution of her empire; she was involved in a number of wars and has watched the world teeter on the brink of financial collapse.  Family problems caused her much distress as well.  But she weathered it all with grace and endurance.  She is much loved and admired by her people.

                This past weekend was the culmination of her 60 years as queen.  Leaders of all Commonwealth countries, including our own Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and heads of state of many countries attended the festivities which lasted four days.  They started Saturday with a flotilla of over 1,000 boats−the largest in 350 years−going up the Thames with a specially built royal barge leading the way.  Crowds lined the river banks, cheering and waving flags.  Celebrations continued with a church service of Thanksgiving, banquets, a huge concert outside Buckingham Palace.  The pomp and pageantry was unparalled and made it clear that the country’s affection for the monarchy remains unabated.  The Queen called the celebrations ‘a humbling experience.’  Her husband Prince Phillip (who just turned 91) was not at her side for all the festivities as he was in the hospital with a bladder infection.

                The entire Royal Family was involved in the festivities.  The young Royals are very popular, particularly the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge i.e.  Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, they are quite charming and beautiful.”

The fall Gustavus Quarterly gives you a great picture of Commencement.  On pg. 5 Diane Kolander Loomer ’62 received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.  She is one of Canada’s top musicians.  There is a video of her husband, Dick Loomer ʼ60, a retired physician who volunteers as a steward of a wild island.  You can access it through the Gustavus website.

Chloe Radcliffe ’12 is the granddaughter of Carolyn (Peterson) and Henry ʼ52 Ruggles.  Chloe, was chosen by a committee of faculty, staff and students to speak at the commencement ceremony.  She graduated with a major in math and minor in theater.  Chloe said, “I’m so honored to have the opportunity to address the Class of 2012.  I’m looking at this as a chance to say thank you to Gustavus, the professors, and the whole community for making the last four years so wonderful!”  Professor Kracht said she has a unique approach and perception on a liberal arts education and an overall wit.  She was chosen as a member of the Guild of St. Ansgar, the St. Lucia Guild and Phi Beta Kappa honors society.”  Chloe said “I fell in love with Gustavus from day one in a way I had no idea that I would.  The Gustavus community has taught me many things, but one thing I will always remember from my time here is the fact that if you want to do something and make a difference in this world, there are always people around you who will support you.”

Chloe’s talk had three main points:  1) Accept all ideas and build on them!  2) Commit fully to build together.  3) Support those around you.  Let others shine!  A lot of people are cheering for us!

Chloe said, “I would not have spent these four years anywhere else!”  I was happy that Chloe’s mother and grandmother could hear her at commencement.  Seventy-one percent of the graduating class donated money to their class gift!


1) What’s special about Fridays?  Gusties all over the world are wearing black and gold or Gustie apparel!

2) How many music performances were there on campus last year?  Over 125 music events took place!

3) Do you have an email address?  Please give it to the Alumni Office.  Sign up for Gustavus News on email if you like!  Connect with other alumni.

You can follow Gustavus on the Alumni blog: or you can follow on Facebook.  Three alums wrote:  1) “Spending today and tomorrow at one of the most magical places on earth, Gustavus Adolphus College.”  (June 12, 2012)  2) “I do miss that great Spirit and Community!!”  3) “To quote Elvee, ‘Oh Gustavus!’”

English Professor Phil Bryant ʼ73 was on MPR News:  “Just like lefse or lingonberries, these old Scandinavian hymns buoyed the sagging spirits.  They gave people the strength to face the cold winter night.  And for a moment at least, the music kept their homesickness and isolation on these frozen prairies at bay…”

In June the Augustana Heritage Gathering VIII brought many of our classmates back to campus.  Dave Lindberg, Newport Beach CA; Don Berg, Superior WI; Lloyd Stivers, Sioux Falls, SD; Art and Dorothy (Conrad) Gaard, Inver Grove Heights; Russ Paulson, Davis, CA; George Olson, Marinette WI; Roy Johnson, Ambler PA; Stan Benson, St. Peter; Dorothy Johnson Lutz St. Peter.  It was great to see all of them!

I enjoyed Books in Bloom last May so I’m looking forward to the first weekend in May 2013.  Join the Gustavus Library Associates and me in the library for the exciting tour.  See:

I liked a chapel talk in the past.  The person quoted Edgar Carlson ʼ30, “We need each other to become ourselves.”  He pleaded with the students to “allow others to know you and reflect their knowing back to you.”  I would like to apply this asking you to send news of your past and present.  Hope you can share some of your memories!

Please send your news by December 1, for the Spring Quarterly.  February 15 is the deadline for the summer issue!  If you send more than 500 words the rest goes in the class letter.  Of course long news makes me happy as I compile the usual fall and spring letters.

For Friends of Music, Director of Development, Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 has promised that any money of $100 or more given to our Class of ʼ51 Music Scholarship can also make up a member of Friends of Music.  There are special events you will be invited to and you get a CD of Christmas in Christ Chapel.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you on campus this fall.  Enjoy the accompanying info and Rays Letter.  In Writers Almanac, as Garrison Keillor says, “Be well.  Do good work and keep in touch!”


Dorothy Johnson Lutz

1951 Class President

Campus News

Nobel Conference – “Our Global Ocean”

Nobel Conference 48 (held Oct. 2-3) examined, “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  We know less about our own oceans than we do about the surfaces of other planets hundreds of millions of miles away.  Top researchers in biogeochemistry, oceanography, deep-sea biology, molecular genetics, and coral ecology discussed the most relevant topics concerning our mysterious oceans.

The Royal Visit

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden visited Gustavus on October 5, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.

Hall of Fame

On September 29, the Gustavus Athletics Department inducted nine new individuals into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees included:  Rhonda Gorseth Alberts ’93 (Gymnastics), Brian Brekke ’95 (Football), Kara Bloomquist Drekonja ’96 (Cross Country), Brett Gross ’96 (Track & Field), Brock Guettler ’92 (Basketball), Mark Kruger ’86 (Tennis), Jason Lesteberg ’96 (Hockey), Scott Stoneking ’96 (Soccer), and Donald Swanson ’55 (Benefactor).

Homecoming 2012

October 12-14 – Homecoming 2012 will include the Sesquicentennial Closing Dinner, reunions, a football game, a performance by The Bend of the River Big Band, and more.  For information on reunion registration and the entire homecoming schedule, visit

Alumni Travel Opportunities

2013 Friends of Music Salzburg choral Tour

Gustavus Friends of Music has arranged for a Gustavus Alumni choir tour to Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Prague June 23 – July 5, 2013.  Singers and non-singers alike are welcome.  Once in Salzburg, the singers will join the Mozart International Choral Festival and perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Salzburg Cathedral on June 29.  Not a singer?  There is space available for non-performers as well.  For more information contact Jackie Neeck Peterson ’77 at or 800-726-6192.

2013 Pearls of Central Europe

Experience Central Europe with Gustavus professor emeritus of history Dr. Tom Emmert from September 10—21, 2013.  This 12-day Gustavus study tour combines learning, exploring, leisure, lecture, food, and arts with special touches, all led by a faculty expert.  The journey is focused around three showpiece cities of Central Europe:  Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.  For more information, contact Tom Emmert at

Gustie Breakfasts - Twin Cities – New time and place

Engage with other alumni and learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Twin Cities Gustavus alumni breakfast.  Please join us at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis), on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 a.m.  Cost is $10.  Gustie breakfasts are also being held on campus the second Wednesday of each month.

October 17 – Nobel Conference Recap

November 21 – Donald Ostrom – November elections

December 19 – Terry Morrow – Minnesota Vikings stadium

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends are scheduled for the 2012-13 academic year and will focus on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.  Time and location details will be forthcoming

Nov. 8 – New York City

Nov. 10 – Boston

Nov. 10 – Dallas

Nov. 11 – Houston

Nov. 13 – Washington, DC

Jan. 29 – Phoenix

Jan. 31 – Tucson

Feb. 3 – Los Angeles

Feb. 4 - Palm Springs

Feb 13 – Tampa

Feb. 15 – Naples

Feb. 28 – Seattle

Mar. 2 – San Francisco

Mar. 9 – Madison

Mar. 12 – Denver

Mar. 14 – Chicago

Apr. 11 – Atlanta