Class of '54
January 2009

55-Year Reunion ― May 29-30, 2009

Dear Classmates,

The elections are over, the holidays are behind us and before we become involved in income tax forms and the whereabouts of receipts to support our deductions, the time has come to plan for our 55th reunion at Gustavus.  The “big” plans of course, are being done by “the committee,” but now is the time for each of us to make our own personal plans.

  • Mark the last weekend in May on your calendar in ink.  (Find an alternate time to open the cabin or plant the garden.)
  • Call, write or email the folks you really want to see so that you get past the “I’ll go if you go” phase early on.
  • Arrange transportation early and take advantage of the college’s offer of free housing at the dorms.

The 800 pound gorilla in this plan and in our lives today seems to be the state of investments and pension funds.  Every time the “Governator” threatens to seize the California Teachers Retirement Fund to buy time before declaring bankruptcy my knees go weak.  Here we are, the children of the Great Depression facing the last decades of our lives with memory of the economic fears that confronted our parents in the thirties.

As we reassess our financial commitments and contributions I hope we will keep Gustavus on our lists.  Remember, “you belong to GA College and Gustavus belongs to you.”

Marilyn Peterson Reaser

1954 Guest Letter Writer


Dear Classmates,

Dick Bublitz here.  In 55 years, 40 of them in California, I have only returned to Gustavus a couple of times and rarely communicated what was going on in my life.  However, I’m seriously considering getting back for the reunion on May 29-30.  I’ve made plans before though; only to have them detoured by other travel assignments.

My advertising/travel business still keeps me on the go throughout the U.S. and other parts of the globe.  I am on the board of directors of Travel and Tourism Marketing Association and Ventura County Fishing Club.  So, in addition to my business travel assignments, I try to fit in fishing trips and my other ‘hobby,’ running marathon events.

As a founders’ club member of the Pasadena Marathon, we were “smoked out” by the California wild fires in November but have been successful in rescheduling for March 22.

In addition to the May trip, I have been invited to cover the 2000th year, “Celebration of Hermann’s Victory” in New Ulm, September 17-19.  As my wife of 55 years, Rosemary, is from New Ulm, this editorial/photo assignment will be another reunion of sorts.

After 55 years, that’s a few snippets from this coast…and I look forward to planting my feet on the campus once again in May.

Dick Bublitz

1954 Guest Letter Writer

R C Bublitz & Associates

22247 Burbank Blvd.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Ph/Fax: 818-992-0366

Here Is Another Opportunity!

We know how classmates love to hear from each other and enjoy reminiscing.  So in this reunion year we invite each of you to submit a brief (50-200 words) essay/remembrance/ reflection of your time after graduating from Gustavus.  Remembrances will be compiled and shared.  Ideas for writing include:

  • Is there someone you knew or something from your time at Gustavus that sustained you through time of failure or success?
  • What has been the greatest source of meaning or joy in your life?
  • For what are you grateful?
  • Was there a particular event or period of time that you regard with wonder and      awe?
  • Your thoughts or emotions fifty years after graduation?
  • Or, your remembrances and reflections as you choose to describe them.

Send your thoughts to:

Sharon Anthony Bauer

750 Mayfield Avenue

Stanford, CA  94305


Campus News

President Ohle is on the road!

Please join President Ohle, his wife Kris, and other Gustavus staff at a chapter dessert reception near you.  President Ohle will be visiting 11 cities around the country in the coming months and all alumni, parents, and friends of the College are invited to attend a reception.  Dates are listed below or check out the Alumni website to find out more details.

Mustaphi Named Michelle Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary

Semonti Mustaphi ’03 was recently named Deputy Press Secretary for First Lady Michelle Obama.  Mustaphi worked on the Obama campaign, and has also held communications positions for three senators.  Mustaphi graduated with a political science and communication studies double major, danced in the Gustavus Dance Company, and was an Anderson Scholar.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join us for the “Come on You Gustie” Breakfasts.  The breakfasts are held the third Wednesday of each month at the Doubletree Hotel, Minneapolis-Park Place, 1500 Park Place Boulevard (Hwy 394 and Hwy 100).  The breakfast runs from 8-9:30 and is $10 per person.  Reserve a spot by calling Don Swanson ’55 at (763) 533-9083.  February’s speaker will be Kris Kracht, communications; forensics head coach.


Mark your calendars now for Homecoming 2009!  The Gustavus football team will face off against Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday, Oct. 10.  Watch for more information about tons of fun events the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10.

Music Ensemble Tours

Both the Gustavus Wind Orchestra and the Gustavus String Orchestra will be touring at the end of January and beginning of February.  The Wind Orchestra will tour mainly in the Denver area, but will also make two appearances in South Dakota.  The String Orchestra will travel from Stillwater through Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Ohio, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Upcoming Alumni Events

  • Chicago Alumni Gathering - Jan. 29, Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 7 p.m.
  • 100th Anniversary of Gustavus Men's Basketball - Feb. 7
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Kris Kracht, communications; forensics head coach - Feb. 18
  • Tucson Chapter Gathering - Feb. 19, Westward Look Resort
  • Phoenix Chapter Gathering - Feb. 20, Millennium Resort, Scottsdale
  • Los Angeles Chapter Gathering - Feb. 28, Art Director's Guild, Studio City
  • Boston Chapter Gathering - Mar. 14, Hyatt Regency Cambridge
  • New York Chapter Gathering - Mar. 16, New York Marriott East Side
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Ken Westphal, vice president for finance - Mar. 18
  • Seattle Chapter Gathering - Mar. 21, Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland, WA
  • San Francisco Chapter Gathering - Mar. 23, Hotel Vitale
  • Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast, Steve Wilkinson, retiring men's tennis coach - Apr. 15