Class of ’51

April 2013

Dear Classmates and all,

I’m thinking back to our splendid 60th and ahead to this year’s Reunion/Commencement Weekend.  I hope many of you will join us at Gustavus on Saturday, June 1.

Fifteen years ago on March 29, that tornado with 200 mph winds did enormous damage at Gustavus.  We are still terribly thankful that most of the students were gone on break that Sunday afternoon and for all of your help to recover.  It was miraculous!

The “slop storm” this year surprised the students especially those who took their winter-wear home before Easter in March.

In the Spring Quarterly look for Bob Isenberg’s photo on page 23.  Notice our Class News appears at the beginning for the first time on page 25.  Our sympathy to the family of Jean Anderson Emerson, Roseville, page 46.

Our youngest grandson, Kyle ʼ16, loves Gustavus as a first-year student (freshman).  “The Profs are amazing!  It is a tight-knit community.  The students and profs are very open to those from different ethnic groups.  On my floor there are guys from South Africa, Sudan and Ethiopia.  The guy from Ethiopia was on their national ping pong team.  I’m picking up some pointers from him.”  [Thanks, Kyle, for a window on student life.  I noticed that he doesn’t have any 8 o’clock classes.]

In the Winter 2012-13 Quarterly page 30 there are photos of our grandson, Kyle McGinty ʼ16, his sister and parents and Britta Johnson ʼ16 with her family.  Britta is the granddaughter of my brother, Wendell Johnson ʼ53 and his wife, Marilyn Brust Johnson ʼ55.  Be sure to see the obituaries on page 46 for Janice, Paul and Robert.

When I drove to Chapel on an April morning, the rain turned to hail and sleet.  If I were an artist, I would paint the co-ed with the umbrella walking as quickly as she could.  Then I’d paint the physics student without a jacket.  Inside the Chapel a student group led the singing by the students, faculty, staff, townies and board members who braved the weather.

Afterwards a co-ed who is graduating in June told me about her experiences working with Africa Jam, a religious group started by a Gustie.  More than 200 volunteers and staff help over 13,000 poor youth in South Africa.

Then I lit a candle for my three relatives who are hardworking students:  grandson, Kyle and my brother (Wendell’s) two grandchildren, Britta Johnson ʼ16 and Steve Eiden ʼ15.  Steve’s on-campus job is giving tours to prospective students.  Britta played the flute in a student recital at Bjorling concert Hall a few days ago.  She is in the Vasa Wind Orchestra, conducted by Ray Lundquist’s niece, Karrin Meffert-Nelson.  It is great to be able to hear those concerts and to see Britta’s parents who drive an hour and a half from the Cities to attend.  They think I am so lucky to be living in St. Peter so I can attend so many concerts and other events.

My brother, Wendell and his wife Marilyn were relieved when they heard that their grandson, Lars, was safe in his dorm room at MIT in Boston the day after the Boston Marathon bombings.  Wendell and Marilyn had once stood one block from one of those bombings.  They were cheering on their daughter, Anne (Podratz ʼ88), as she ran two years ago.

I’m really looking forward to Honor’s Day in May because our Class of ʼ51, Dorothy Lutz Scholarship will be awarded for the first time to a music student!  That same weekend the Gustavus Library project, “Books in Bloom” will be displayed at the library.  It’s so wonderful each year.  I can hardly wait! 

That is all part of the “Sprint” to Commencement.  My brother, Wendell, and his wife are coming back for the Class of ʼ53’s 60th Reunion.  Pres. Edgar Carlson ʼ30 gave the dedication address for our Bernadot6te Memorial Library.  He called Count Folke Bernadotte “one of God’s Noblemen of All Time.”  Bernadotte’s widow was here for the dedication.

Matt Swenson ʼ06 said, “From the moment I stepped on campus, I could feel a distinct sense of community−a sense of genuine joy and belonging I had never felt before.  To this day I strongly believe it is that indisputable sense of community that has made Gustavus the extraordinary place it is today and has been for 150 years.”

Softball games were being played on the (artificial turf) football field because the softball fields are alternately soggy or snow covered.  Guess what was on the football field today:  Two large snowmen and lots of huge snowballs!  Later in April many of the outdoor games were cancelled.

Gustavus Men’s Tennis Coach, Tommy Valentini ʼ02 writes, “We are thrilled to have (retired) Coach Steve Wilkinson teaching the current Gusties and sharing his expertise, wisdom and love with us every day”…“Like” the Gustavus men’s tennis team on Facebook.  Tennis began in 1933.  We have one of the largest teams in any division in the U.S.  There are 25 players on the big photo.  Former Coach Steve Wilkinson has created the Gustavus tennis family.  You, too, can keep in touch.”

What do liquid nitrogen, ice cream, a ping pong bazooka, turtles, snakes and gummy bears have in common?  The four science clubs at Gustavus hosted the area grade school kids for the 15th year on a spring Saturday.

There are about 90 Gustavus students who volunteer as Study Buddies in the St. Peter schools.  One of the teachers said, “It is wonderful to have a working relationship with Gustavus.  Their students are responsible and respectful.  They’re eager to help.”

Physics Professor Saulnier said, “Interacting with accomplished students who are also fine people, is one the great joys of working at Gustavus.”

The January class which focuses on community action and social change focused on issues:  mass incarceration, immigration and homelessness.  Some students chose to help teach recent immigrants English in Mankato.  Others helped with meals at the Salvation Army men’s homeless shelter in Mankato.  A few are helping plan a conference in March at Gustavus.  They have to answer, “How can I continue to work toward raising awareness of mass incarceration?”

Gustavus Forensics Team, for the fifth time in six years has won in Minnesota.  Kelsey Abele ʼ14 won an individual Sweepstakes Championship.  Other students won individual championships.  Abele said, “It’s a really good reminder that this team is filled to the brim with some of the most talented, passionate people in the state.”

“The Nearly Impossible Task of Making College Affordable” was a newspaper headline.  A small percentage of parents have saved much by the time their child reaches 18.  Our Annual Fund mainly goes for scholarships.  There is a lot of need.  Almost 800 students at Gustavus receive Minnesota State Grants.  Fifteen students traveled to the capitol in St. Paul to advocate for the state grant program on March 13.  Students receiving need-based financial aid is 71%.

Other information includes 81% graduating in four years compared with 66% in other Minnesota private colleges and 20% in Minnesota State Colleges.  Seventy-five percent attend graduate or professional schools and 99% have jobs within six months of graduation.  There are 25,400+ alumni now!

Nicole Ektnitphong ʼ15 was really excited when she heard she got the $16,500 Phillips Scholarship.  It is rewarded to a Minnesota private college student who helps people with unmet needs in Minnesota.  She developed a program to help seniors in Worthington High School develop their personal leadership to better serve others around them.  She said, “My heart is filled with so much gratitude for all the guidance, support and love I’ve received from so many people about my project.”  She is active in campus affairs.  She was elected St. Lucia last December.  She is the 12th Gustie since1998 to receive this scholarship.

The Alumni Board is working hard year-round.  One of their committees works with freshmen getting them to think of giving back as loyal alumni who have a lifetime connection and obligation to Gustavus.  They find mentors for students.  Internships and jobs are offered by the mentors.

Their Communications Committee works with the website, Twitter, Facebook, etc.  The Classes Committee works with class officers.  Members help regional chapter organizations to sponsor at least one meeting a year, etc.  Thank those who serve on the Alumni Board for their excellent work.

David Hilding has a great nephew, Stephen Hilding ʼ13, who gave a senior voice recital at Bjorling Concert Hall on April 21.  Stephen has a marvelous voice.  It was a thrill to hear him sing –so musical, especially on songs by Handel and Schubert.  He played the guitar while singing, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and “Give Me Jesus,” etc.  He is headed for Luther Seminary.  Lucky churches will be happy with a singing pastor someday.  Stephen’s brother, Ben Hilding ʼ09 is graduating from Luther Seminary this spring.  Ben Hilding called me “the Encourager” because I had seen his brother walking across campus when he was a freshman worrying about singing on a student recital that evening.  I told Stephen, “Just remember to breathe and your memory will be fine!”

I clicked on a link:  “Cure for Unending Winter.”  It’s Tennis & Life Camps in the summer at Gustavus!

Good sportsmanship, full effort, and positive attitude are the pillars called the Three Crowns of Tennis and Life Camps at Gustavus.  Steve and Barb Wilkinson founded it in 1977.  They believed that tennis needed to be character driven.  Winning was just the byproduct.  This is still in full bloom at TLC (adapted from Mike Goldammer’s article.)

The late Lenore “Sandy” Anderson Haber’s granddaughter, Sophie Haber Wertz ’15, was featured in Gustavus News email.  (See Gustavus Home Page for her photo.)  Sophie said, “Music is one of those things I’d feel completely empty if I didn’t have.”  She plays violin in the Gustavus Symphony Orchestra.  She says Gustavus has provided nothing short of “life changing experiences” for this education and Spanish double major.  The Friends of Music raised enough money to fund the Gustavus Touring Endowment Fund.  The orchestra toured South Africa last year and just returned from California, New Mexico, and Arizona.

What is G.O.L.D.?  It is Gusties in Ongoing Leadership Development program which hopes to help all Gustavus students in leadership learning and practice.  They study the two levels of leadership:  1) learning your own passions and talents.  2) Servant leadership to transform values into action.  It is a fantastic program with many workshops.

Hillstrom Museum of Art (near the BookMark) hosted two exhibits recently.  Gene and Ann (Komatz) Basset had donated a painting to the exhibit, “The Eight, The Ashcan School, and The American Scene.”  The other exhibit was “How Things Are” by Gustie, Ann Martin ʼ68, who flew over from her farm in Ireland to give her gallery talk.  My favorite watercolor painting was “Snow” with wind-blown students walking through snow.  Old Main towers in the distance.  Ann Martin wrote about her two paintings of Gustavus, “I love the cupola of Old Main.  It is probably the only roof top that has true significance to me.  I first encountered Gustavus Adolphus College within that building, meeting with the Dean of Students as a very lost 16-year-old.  I had never seen the campus, had never lived in Minnesota, and knew nothing of its winters.  That autumn Gustavus became my home.  Battling the wind-swept hill from day to day was one of its serious challenges.  Finding life-long companions, opening a serious dialogue between the world and myself, discovering an avenue of expressions were its gifts.  The lessons I learned during my times at Gustavus were ones I could never have imagined.  I learned that life can only be lived through engagement, that the most difficult questions can never be completely answered, and that although winter in Minnesota can be cruel and deadly, it can also be very, very beautiful.”  “Between Worlds” with Gustie students (over 50 of them) walking, sitting, biking on the west of Old Main, Ann Martin, the artist wrote, “Everyone on campus has come from somewhere else.  Not any one person is like the next.  There are as many diverse personalities as there are students.  Everyone here has some talent that sets him or her above the average.  Everyone has come to participate in a rarified world of study and play.  There are the feelings of being alone:  detachment, disorientation, the sensation of being separated between real responsibility and enticement of a world beyond any protective environment.  There is real pain in that.  What you are is clearer and most free between classes and away from home.  The grass and trees of the campus are real equalizers.  In the play and talk, a sort of social democracy begins healing the great rifts in exterior society.  You reach out to people different from you just because they are here and share the trials of the place.  It is a given that the least active participant will remember what happened during these four years more than any other time of his or her life.”

Ryan McGinty ’10, our oldest grandson, was invited back to give a poetry reading in the Arboretum on April 9.  His photo poster was plastered all over campus.  I call him the Thief of Dreams Poet because one of his poems is about that!  He did a great job explaining each poem he has memorized.  The English Department furnished treats afterwards.  He is my “poet hero!”  He writes a poem a day.  It all started at Gustavus

The Arboretum gives the College and the many visitors a living sanctuary of plants for education, environmental stewardship and reflection.  It covers 125 acres which contains 682 trees, 12 formal gardens, and 2 miles of trails.  Don’t forget the waterfall garden made possible by Dave and Delores Johnson.  The Friends of the Arboretum is an active organization.

The first annual Gustavus Faith Conference on April 20th brought many alumni, pastors, and others to the campus.  Although there was still plenty of snow, the sidewalks were not slippery!

Rev. John Hogenson ’81 said, “I was just a completely un-churched kid.  The only thing I didn’t like about [Gustavus] was that it was a church school.  But I went there despite that.”  Look where he ended up as an ELCA pastor and now president of the Gustavus Association of Congregations which connects Gustavus with over 500 congregations.  This association plans to help create an endowed position for the Director for Church Relations.  That position is held by Rev. Grady St. Dennis ’92 who does a fantastic job.  He said, “It’s a two-way street of blessings…the mission to strengthen the presence of the Church in the life of the College and to strengthen the presence of the College in the life of the Church.”

I highly recommend two books.  The first is Black and Bold written by Bruce Gray ʼ61 (collaborated by Dennis Johnson ʼ60) tells how Pres. Carlson led Gustavus in recruiting black students in the ʼ60s.  Edgar Carlson in a 1957 talk at a convention demanded social action from Christians.  He received death threats because he said integration had to happen.  One of our grads, Rev. Jerome Del Pino ʼ68 was at church in Boston and rode the school buses that took the black children to integrated schools in 1974.  The next year, in January 1975, when Bill Robertz was a professor, he took a group of students to study that school situation in Boston.  Gustavus has been a leader in the U.S. in educating black students, including 19 physicians and lots of Ph.D.’s.  We have one African-American tenured professor, Phil Bryant ’73, a famous poet, who had a Gustie High school teacher in South Chicago.  After he graduated he earned a Master of Fine Arts.  The book quotes Phil, “Why am I so bonded to this place?  What is so beautiful about this place is that here people who are so different and from different backgrounds can get along and learn from each other.  That is what attracts students to Gustavus.”  Gustavus embodies what is essential to the idea of America…which forms the college ethos of what a church-related, liberal arts school should be.”  The second book I’m excited about is On His Watch, written by Dennis Johnson ʼ60, about President John Kendall ’49.  John felt that the community based on love (not fear) was very important.  Former Chaplain Richard Elvee called John “a moral man” “he was given a life full of grief and grace.”

My future granddaughter-in-law wrote on her Facebook:  “The moment you realize you wore a dirty shirt to work…try to cover it with a sweater, but then you look like a grandma.”  (I always wear a sweater especially if the air conditioner is running.  I don’t know if she was thinking about me, though!)

My student friend, Kaity, said, “Thanks for sharing your overarching enthusiasm for life!”

Some students from Gustavus volunteered through the Center for Servant Leadership to help townspeople with yard work.  Marilyn (Barnes) and Bill Robertz enjoyed their help and getting to know them.  Marilyn’s baking was a hit with the students!  Marilyn and Bill’s daughter and family live in New Jersey where they used their generator to survive Hurricane Sandy last fall.

It was great to see Mary Jo Bergquist Koos in Duluth last October.  Her apartment has a fantastic view of Lake Superior.  The long lake walk has been extended to their area.  Gerry Koos passed away in 2008.  I was able to see some of Gerry’s sculptures and the Granlund sculpture Gerry gave to her.  It was a very special visit as we looked through autumn leaves toward the Aerial Lift Bridge in the distance.

Dennis Lofstrom wrote about their work in Tanzania for International Health Partners (U.S.).  “In the past 11 years we have worked in Tanzania at Iambi Mission Hospital, supported the founding of St. John’s University School of Nursing of Dodoma, built Nyakato Health Center at Mwanza, and now we are starting the Children’s Hospital at Zinga.  The groundbreaking for the out-patient clinic was in February.  This is under International Health Partners Tanzania.”

Denny please send us your story about the crocodile!

John Solensten, Burnsville, is retired from Concordia University in St. Paul.  He continues writing, publishing and enjoying the outdoors.

I was delighted to hear that Lorraine Widmark Nelson, New Brighton, knows my cousin-in-law, Marilyn Lutz, at their church in the Cities.

Barbara Glemaker Brown, Oshkosh, WI, writes “I am in a bridge club with a fellow Gustie, Peggy Johnson Wagner ʼ75.  Nice!!

Stan and Marie (Schafer ʼ52) Benson wrote in March, “We are in a sleet storm here in St. Peter, which really affected us when it took police and three neighbors to get us into our house after church today.  At one point Stan fell outside our car in the driveway.  Dorothy Lutz teases that now we have a police record as the policeman scolded us for going to church today!

George and Ruth Olson’s granddaughter, Rachel Olson ʼ16 is a freshman.  Her name is on page 30 of the Winter Quarterly.  The Roy Johnson in the class letter is Dick, grandson of former “Prexy” O. J. Johnson.

Louise Borg Bergmann, Oxnard, CA sent us a letter which I will share here:

“My husband, Kenneth Bergmann died November 22, 2011, and I am still living in our home in Oxnard, CA.  I miss him greatly, but keep busier than I would prefer.

I continue to substitute on the organ or piano at various churches in Ventura County.  Am involved with the music concert planning at a church, and am on the board of our county AGO (American Guild of Organists).  There is a great deal of music activity in our area as well as in Los Angeles.

CLU (California Lutheran University) is only a half hour (traffic permitting) away from me in Thousand Oaks.  The University has developed into a top notch scholastic and multi-interests school.  They are now considering joining PLTS (Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary) in Berkeley with joint classes as so many other schools are doing.

I read the Fall 2011 Gustavus Quarterly about the “Reading in Common” book, The Wolf at Twilight, and was most impressed.  I recommended it to my book club which enjoyed and appreciated it.  Now I just read The Other Wes Moore which was very interesting.  We also have Cities which have the common books and discussions.  Good idea…

I received my Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in 1957 and lived in Manhattan for 13 years.  I have been watching the Sandy Hurricane Storm which is a horrifying experience and my heart and prayers go out to those who are suffering because of it.  New York City was my “hometown” for those many years, and I worked and traveled in 15 states in that area as a music consultant with Silver Burdett Publishing Co. so I knew the area well.  The devastation now is incredible!!

Thank you to Dorothy and all who contribute to news of the alumni and the college.  Sincerely,  Louise Borg Bergmann”

Be sure to read about our classmates in the Spring Quarterly.  Thanks to Donn Larson, Paul Nakamura, Myrna Thorsell Wolf, Louise Borg Bergman and Denny Lofstrom we had 5 ½ inches in that first column in the spring issue!

In the winter issue did you see our column on:  Stan Benson, Clarence Budke and Art and Dorothy (Conrad) Gaard?

Back to “Christmas in Christ Chapel.”  Don Berg signed the guest book.  He came with his son, Jonathan ʼ87 and his granddaughter, Estee Berg ʼ14.

Stan and Marie (Schafer) Benson attended Christmas in Christ Chapel and said, “Wonderful music and presentation, another prelude to Paradise!”

Marilyn (Barnes) and Bill Robertz prefer the very last, the fifth, performance each Christmas.  The seniors in each organization are always crying since it is their last time!

Art and Dorothy (Conrad) Gaard were also there.  Art wrote this wonderful essay on “Tradition” in their Christmas letter and I’d like to share it with you here:

What a wonderful time we had at Gustavus at Christmas in Christ Chapel!  We have long understood that within the Lutheran Culture of which we have always been a part that when something happens twice, it becomes a tradition and that means “We’ve always done it that way!”  What a bunch of traditions we experienced this weekend!

We don’t remember how many “Christmas in Christ Chapel” we’ve attended through the years−it is really a Tradition!  What a wondrous way to begin the celebration of the Incarnation!  This year, informed by the St. John’s Bible, the whole program was seeped in the beauty of that event−a hand printed Bible, beautifully conceived and produced and illustrated−capturing all that magnificence in memorable traditions of Worship!  There were five (!) productions.  We would believe that if more people were informed of what was happening it would still be going on−like a Broadway Production that numbers beyond calculation!  On second thought, we guess that is really happening−for over Two Thousand Years of Incarnation Celebration−NOW THAT’S REALLY A TRADITION!

But it is also the JUBILEE year for Christ Chapel−that lovely church built on the edge of Minnesota’s prairie, that, upon entering, demands that we lift our eyes to highest heaven, a fit place for an encounter between our God and His people and a resounding climax to the ethereal dreams of President Edgar Carlson.  Surely, that is the Tradition of this place−that there is always the possibility of an encounter with God and Us at any level, and any time!−and it happened again during Christmas in Christ Chapel!

We now attend the worship services at First Lutheran Church−that lovely congregation that had for many years been housed in a Swedish Gothic building not too far from ʼCapitol Squareʼ until its building, struck by lightning, burned to the ground, and relocated to the heights above the Minnesota River Valley.  Dorothy was the organist during the congregation’s Gothic years and that church is where she and Art were married.  Our roots run deep within that congregation and our return traditions are strong.

And always there are the Traditions of our Gustie Family.  These are the times of our returning to this beautiful place that we are in instant contact with people that we know, and on those rare occasions when there are no ‘old’ acquaintances, there are always new ones to be gained!

Dorothy and Paul, we wish for you the Great Blessings promised by our Jesus.  We pray for you and us that He shall be our Greatest Tradition!

There is a lot more info, but I’m hoping you read the Quarterly and go on the Internet.  My daughter, Lynn, saw the first draft of this letter spread out on the dining room table and kitchen counter and she pronounced me an “overachiever.”  Hope some of it is helpful and fun.  Please send your news!  It’s spring!  See you in the Arboretum!

Carry on the Gustie Spirit,


Dorothy Johnson Lutz

1951 Communications Chair


Dear Classmates,

I just want to add an addendum to Dorothy’s letter to let you know the current status of the Annual Fund since June 1, 2012.  At the moment you have given $66,570 which I think is marvelous!  We are well ahead of last year’s total at this particular time.  Thus far 63 of you have given to the Fund.  I hope that total can be doubled or more by May 31.

Considering where we are at, I would like to think we could reach $100,000 or more.  I hope that some of you, who haven’t given in some time, would consider giving a gift.  Every gift is very much appreciated.  With that, I will let you know in June our final giving results.  In the meantime have a happy spring which I think everyone here in the Midwest appreciates after a long winter.  Best wishes to each of you.

Most sincerely,


Ray Lundquist

1951 Annual Fund Chair

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Campus News

Upcoming Chapter Gatherings

National Chapter events for alumni, parents and friends have been taking place throughout the 2012-13 academic year and have focused on the College’s pillar of “Teaching and Learning.”  Please save the date for the event in your area.

June 5 – St. Cloud – 6:00 p.m. - Le St. Germain Suite Hotel

June 6 – Willmar – 6:00 p.m. – The Oaks at Eagle Creek

July 9 – Duluth – 6:00 p.m. – Northland Country Club

July 10 – Grand Rapids – 6:00 p.m. – Sugar Lake Lodge

July 18 – Sioux Falls – 6:00 p.m. – Callaway’s

Aug. 19 – Rochester – 6:00 p.m. – Rochester Golf and Country Club

On His Watch:  John S. Kendall at Gustavus

Dr. John Kendall ’49 served Gustavus as a faculty member for 23 years and as president for 10 years.  Rev. Dennis Johnson ’60, also a former president of Gustavus, wrote a book about the record of John Kendall as a professor and as a president.  As such, it is a study in leadership.   It is about a man who came up through the academic ranks to lead one of America’s best colleges.  It is about his preparation for that office and his hopes once he occupied it.  It is about passion, purpose, leadership and heart.  It is also about issues still at the core of higher education today.  You can purchase the book at the BookMark –

Christ Chapel Cited as One of the Most Beautiful

Here is a link that includes the Gustavus Chapel as one of the thirty most beautiful college chapels in a survey of schools around the world.  Take a look at some of these beautiful chapels including our own Christ Chapel by going to

Alumni Travel Opportunities

U.S. Civil War Study Tour

Experience Antietam, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. with Gustavus Alumnus and Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War Historian Dr. James McPherson ’58 from October 20 to 26, 2013. Dr. McPherson’s vast and insightful knowledge will bring to life all the drama of events at Antietam and Gettysburg.  With unquestionable authority and skillful narrative, he will explain the momentous issues of the time and why the Civil War still resonates today as a “second American Revolution.

2014 Study Tours and Friends of Music Tours

Gustavus music ensembles have a wonderful tradition of concert touring.  We’re inviting you to join us as the Gustavus Wind Orchestra continues this tradition with a tour to Eastern Europe in January, 2014.

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra companion tour is a unique educational opportunity to study, travel and be immersed in the history and culture of Eastern Europe.  Under the leadership of Dr. Douglas Nimmo, join Gustavus students, friends and alumni on a trip to this historic and culturally-rich part of the world.  Explore some of Europe’s most magnificent and legendary cities; Prague, Krakow, Kety, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg and share wonderful music while traveling with the Wind Orchestra.

For more information on either of these trips, visit

Twin Cities Gustie Breakfasts

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.  Upcoming speaker for May 15 is Tim Kennedy ʼ82, vice president for marketing and communication.

Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom is an initiative of the Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) that pairs books and other library materials with floral arrangements, by sponsoring several of the blooms! 

Each sponsorship directly supports the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library's (Library) acquisitions.  What an investment in resources for current and future students and faculty!

Last year’s Books in Bloom highlighted 30 different books/media and attracted over 500 people, some coming to campus for the very first time!  In 2013, Books in Bloom will be held May 3-5.  To see a visual presentation of Books in Bloom, go to and type Gustavus Library Associates in the search box.  It will lead you to a gorgeous slide show of blooms and books.  Then contact Gustavus Marketing/Communications Office at 507/933-7550 with your commitment to sponsor, or partially sponsor, a bloom for 2013.  All designers and sponsors are invited to an opening reception from 5:30-7:30 on May 3.  Great wine and snacks!  Good company, too.