Class of ’57

September 2012

Dear Classmates,

It is time for the annual fall letter−bear with me as I scrape together something to say.  I have spent my summer up at the lake with my family.  I saw Gusties−but they were all relatives and not from our class.  I did have Biz Nelson Lempp ʼ58 of Stuttgart, Germany, and her sister, Mary Nelson ʼ61, of Chicago, and their sister-in-law down to our cabin for lunch one day.  They spent the summer on Sand Lake near Moose Lake, MN.  I gave Mary the book-”The Other Wes Moore” which was the book chosen for “Gustavus Reads” this year.  It was an interesting book.

I spent the day at Gustavus today.  I went to a Gustavus Library Associates Membership Tea at the President’s home this morning.  There were so many people there.  (Again may I use this opportunity to ask you to join that organization.)  Then I met my grandson, Kirk Nelson ʼ16, who is now a freshman.  I brought him a batch of chocolate chip cookies that I made yesterday and gave him my car to run a few errands.  I think I made a hit.  I brought him some stuff from the Pine Tree Apple Orchard too.

Next it was a working lunch in one of the President’s Dining Room for a GLA Board meeting.  We got a lot done−and the food was wonderful.

I learned a few things−the freshman class has about 720 students in it.  Gustavus is ranked #85 in the top 100 U.S. colleges in the US News and World Report that just came out.  I also learned the programs of our Greek organizations are recognized as being in the top 10 for their service and scholarship.  (My how times have changed!)

The campus looks wonderful.  They have put together a Sesquicentennial Walk that has a pod to be opened at the 200th year of Gustavus.  Also, they’re proposing that each graduating class from now on has a stone with a pod buried beneath it to be opened at their 50th reunion.  What a great idea that is!  Anyhow−these stones will be all along the wall outside the Chapel so take a look at it next time you are on campus.

Everything is being spruced up for the King and Queen of Sweden who will be on campus on October 5.  It will be quite an event.

Marian Hennix Gabel (St Louis Park) and I are planning to attend the Sesquicentennial Closing Dinner celebration of 150 years on October 12.  It is Homecoming weekend, but I’m not sure how much of that we will take part.  I do know that the Bend in the River Big Band is playing on Saturday night on campus.  I will be home by that time however.

I went to the Minnesota State Fair two times this year.  One day I went to hear the Bend in the River Big Band as they played at the DNR stage and I went to four of their gigs.  Needless to say, I think they are great!  There were some couples that came back each time and danced.  They play Glenn Miller type stuff!  Really fun.  I was so tired by the time I finally thought it was time to go home that I took the “sky ride” back toward the main gate so I could catch the bus!  For some reason, I can’t go all day like I used to do!!!  Ha!

Marlys Mattson Nelson

1957 Communications Chair

Campus News

Nobel Conference – “Our Global Ocean”

October 2-3 – Nobel Conference 48 examines, “Our Global Ocean” as a source of inspiration, danger, and knowledge.  The conference will examine our oceans 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 will discuss the most relevant topics concerning our mysterious oceans.  Tickets for this year’s Nobel Conference are available at:

The Royal Visit

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden will visit Gustavus in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the College by Swedish immigrants in 1862.  The Royal Visit to Gustavus will be Friday, October 5, 2012.  For the full schedule of the day’s events, visit visit.  Many events require tickets.

Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Athletics Department has selected nine individuals for induction into its Athletics Hall of Fame.  The 2012 class of inductees include 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).  This group will be honored at the Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Alumni Hall at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, following the Hall of Fame football game between the Gusties and Hamline University, which is set to take place at 1 p.m. at Hollingsworth Field.

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