Class of ’65

April 2012

Dear Classmates,

Alumni support for our college is important.  We alumni are a critical part of a strong Gustavus.  Because of us our college is able to not only compete with other colleges and universities, but excel in the field of higher education.  It is my privilege as the Annual Fund Officer for our class to play a small role in building Gustavus for the future.  This year our college celebrates its 150 year anniversary−its Sesquicentennial!  You and I have been a part of that history, and so have many of our children.  Our years at Gustavus shaped us in many ways so that we could make our lives count in this world.  We can now be a part of shaping the future of Gustavus through our continued expressions of appreciation.  I expect that most all of you can join me in saying:  “We love our college.”

Last year there were 111 donors in our class of 244.  That is a little less than half of our class participating.  I would like us to go well over 50 percent this year.  Then in the next three years prior to our 50 year class reunion perhaps we can reach even a greater percentage.

You have all received a letter and a pledge card inviting you to contribute to the Gustavus Annual Fund.  If you haven’t yet responded, there is still time.  May 31st is the last day of the fiscal year for the Annual Fund.  If you have lost or misplaced the mailing you can give quickly and easily online at:

Now, about this class competition; a member of our class has made a very generous gift, so generous in fact that we are able to hope that we might be the number one giving class in total donations.  On the other hand our percentage of participation, at 22%, needs to increase if we would be in the running for the honor of having the highest percentage of class members contributing.  Competition is fun but supporting GA and its future and saying thanks through our gifts is perhaps not exactly fun, but it is sure a neat thing to do and really quite satisfying.

P.S.  If you would like to designate your gift to our Class of ʼ65 Endowed Scholarship Fund, your gift will be included in our class giving for the year.  So far the scholarship fund has $3,864.20 towards our goal of at least $25,000 dollars by our 50th class reunion in 2015.  When we reach the $25,000 goal the scholarships will begin to be awarded.

Paul Hammar

1965 Annual Fund Chair

Campus News

2012 Alumni Association Awards Announced

The Gustavus Alumni Board of Directors has announced its 2012 award recipients:

Greater Gustavus Award – awarded to those “who by deed, have notably advanced and aided Gustavus Adolphus College”:

Jon and Anita Thomsen Young ’77 ’77, Eden Prairie, MN, for their volunteer leadership, service and philanthropy to the College.

Distinguished Alumni Citations – recognizing outstanding and exceptional professional achievement that brings unusual honor to the individual in his or her field of endeavor:

Scott Dee ’81, Farwell, MN, professor of veterinary population medicine, University of Minnesota, swine consultant, and international research veterinarian and director at Pipestone Veterinary Clinic;

Mark Elfstrom ’01, Anchorage, AK, middle school math and science teacher, recipient of a 2011 Milken Educator Award and finalist for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching;

Kurt Elling ’89, New York, NY, Grammy Award-winning vocal jazz artist.

First Decade Awards – recognizing early professional achievement in the 10th anniversary class:

Amy Brown ’02, Pittsburgh, PA, neonatology fellow at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center;

Michael Bland ’02, St. Louis, MO, postdoctoral associate, earth and planetary sciences, Washington University.

The Alumni Association will present Faculty and Administrator Service and Retirement Awards at a dinner at Gustavus on May 16; honorees will be featured in the fall issue of The Gustavus Quarterly.

National Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Throughout the coming year, Gusties are gathering across the country to reflect on Gustavus’s past, celebrate 150 academic years, and engage for the future.  In conjunction with the celebrations on campus, the College invites all alumni, parents, and friends for a celebration in an area near them.

Chicago – Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Gleacher Center with Allison Rosati ʼ85

Madison – Tuesday, April 24, 2012 – Harvest Restaurant

Celebration of Minnesota Poetry

On April 17 from 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gustavus will host “A Celebration of Minnesota Poetry in Honor of Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen.”  The renowned poet, and Professor of English at Gustavus, will read from her work, and she’ll be joined by six local Minnesota poets:  Candace Black, Rebecca Fremo, Matt Rasmussen, John Rezmerski, Richard Robbins, and Richard Terrill.    The evening promises to be a memorable one, as the Gustavus community gathers to celebrate not only Sutphen’s remarkable achievements but also the rich range of poetry being produced right here in Southern Minnesota.  The event takes place in Alumni Hall and is free and open to the public.  The evening is made possible thanks to the generous support of the English Department, the Office of the President, Curriculum II, and the Writing Program.

Gustie Breakfasts

Join your fellow Gusties for breakfast and to learn something new about your alma mater at the monthly Gustie Breakfasts.  Speakers for April and May will feature former Gustavus presidents, Jim Peterson ʼ64 and Dennis Johnson ʼ60 (respectively).  The St. Peter Breakfasts are held in the banquet rooms on campus at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and the Twin Cities Breakfasts are held at the Doubletree Hotel in Minneapolis at 8 a.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.  RSVP by calling 800-487-8437 or e-mail  Hope to see you bright and early!

McPherson Lecture

Gustavus alumnus, Civil War historian, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson ’58 will return to his alma mater April 15-17 as a Sesquicentennial Scholar.  On Tuesday, April 17, McPherson will speak at Interlachen Country Club in Edina at an event that is also open to the public. Those interested in attending this event, which will include a reception at 4:30 p.m., McPherson’s lecture at 5 p.m., and a book signing at 6 p.m., should RSVP by going online to, or by contacting the Gustavus Office of Alumni Relations at 507-933-7511.

Lindau Symposium – Charles Krauthammer

Gustavus will host the 2012 Lindau Symposium featuring Dr. Charles Krauthammer as the keynote speaker on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall. Dr. Krauthammer’s address is titled: “Politics in Washington.”  Dr. Krauthammer is an American Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, political commentator, and physician.

Books in Bloom

Gustavus Library Associates (GLA) is preparing to host the second annual Books in Bloom event May 4-6 at the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College.  Books in Bloom is a unique event that will highlight books, media, and other resource material within the library though floral arrangements and artistic expression.  More than 20 exhibits will be on display – each of them sponsored by an individual or family and created by professional florists and flower enthusiasts – that represent and illustrate a book or other holding within the library.