Class of 1956

June 2014

Dear 1956 Classmates,

As of last weekend another class has graduated from our dear alma mater Gustavus and that brings back fond memories of the years 1952 to 1956 that we spent on campus. How are all of you? There is a common saying “no news is good news.“ That is often true, except not when I need to write a letter to keep connected with you. “No news” results in a very boring letter. Four of us—Bob Erdman, Kay Rethwill Moline, Faye Reber and I—are designated as the class officers of our class. I am sure that if any one of us had time and enough money to come visit you over a cup of coffee, a beer, or glass of wine we would hear lots of good news—about your latest trip, where you volunteer, how your grandchildren are (do any of them go to Gustavus?), maybe a health concern or what Gustie you ran into the last time you wore your GA sweat shirt around town. I think you get the picture—we need to hear how you are spending your days. You can call any of us, email us or drop a note to the alumni office anytime.

The Gustavus family on campus is awaiting the arrival on July 1, of the new president, Rebecca Bergman. It will be interesting to have a woman president and see what changes she will bring. She has served for a number of years on the Board of Trustees so is well acquainted with Gustavus. If you have noticed, many of the colleges and seminaries in the Midwest are also welcoming women presidents.

I hope you will watch for Gustie gatherings in your areas this summer and make plans to be present. I always find it a good time to share food and time with other Gusties. It is also a good time to take a young person along with you and introduce him/her to Gustavus and what a great place it is.

We—Kay, Bob, Faye and I will be waiting for all your mail, phone calls and emails. Surprise us!

Mimi Johnson Eisele
1956 Class President

Campus News

Rydell Professor Presentation

Dr. David Sedlak, a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California-Berkeley, will be speaking about meeting the future challenges of providing adequate water resources to a growing population in a changing world. Dr. Sedlak is the Robert E. and Susan T. Rydell Professor for the upcoming academic year at Gustavus and was a speaker at the 2009 Nobel Conference. Please join us for a reception at Irvine Park on Monday, June 30 in St. Paul beginning at 5 pm. Dinner and Dr. Sedlak’s presentation will follow at 6:30 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Jeff Jeremiason (, professor of chemistry and environmental studies. Dr. Sedlak’s book Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource is based on a concept that he developed during conversations with fellow presenters and attendees at the 2009 Nobel Conference. The book can be purchased in the Book Mark.

June Gustie Breakfast

The June Gustie Breakfasts will feature the growing and ever successful Gustavus Mentoring Program. You will hear how the Mentoring Program is providing Gustavus students opportunities for career and vocational exploration through a professional and personal relationship with Gustavus alumni.

The St. Peter Gustie Breakfast speaker on June 11 will be the program founder, Mike Dueber ’89, owner of Dueber Consulting, Inc. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. in a campus banquet room in the Jackson Campus Center. Cost is $8 per person, or $15 for a couple. RSVP to 507-933-6664 or

The Twin Cities Gustie Breakfast speakers on June 18 will be Amy Gerber Pehrson ’91, Mentoring Program coordinator and assistant director of Vocation and Integrative Learning in the Center for Servant-Leadership, and Glen Lloyd, director of Alumni and Parent Engagement. The breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. at the American Swedish Institute (2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis), with the program following at 8 a.m. Cost is $10 per person, and advance registration is required due to limited seating. Please register online at, or contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at 800-487-8437 or

Summer Smörgåsbords

The Alumni and Parent Engagement Team is “on the road” this summer, and we are road tripping to see all the Gusties across Minnesota! You will have a chance to meet the new Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement, Glen Lloyd, and hear what is new on campus and what is next for Alumni and Parent Engagement in the 2014–15 academic year. There is no cost for these events. Each gathering will gather from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. and the Engagement Team will provide brats, beverages, and paper goods—and in good smörgåsbord fashion, we ask that all attendees bring their favorite dish to pass. The dates and locations include:
July 15 – Grand Rapids, MN
July17 – Duluth, MN – Tom ’53 and Mary Boman home
July 22 – Brainerd, MN,
July 24 – Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN - Teresa Harland ’94 home
July 29 – St. Cloud, MN – Mike and Janna (Larson) LaFountaine ’81 ’81
July 31 – Willmar, MN
August 5 – St. Peter/Mankato, MN - Sibley Park
August 7 – Rochester, MN